Crossroads softball team 1-1 at Evart

EVART — The Crossroads Cougars were 1-1 and the Evart Wildcats were 0-2 at the Cat Classic on Saturday.

The Cougars defeated the Wildcats 11-5 in their semifinal matchup. Evart lost 17-0 to Merrill.

CCA’s McKenzie Cole pitched seven innings against Evart and struck out seven batters.

For CCA, Maddie Albert and Kylee Purcell had three hits apiece. Bethany Curtis had a hit and two RBIs.

Crossroads lost 14-0 against Merrill and didn’t have a hit.

“That’s probably the best team we’ve seen all year,” Crossroads coach Kevin Brigham said.

Evart players were encouraged with their play against Crossroads.

“We did really good,” Evart infielder Deanna Conklin said. “Our fielding was good against Merrill but they kept hitting it through the gap.”

“I think we could have played a lot better, to be honest,” infielder Cyana Dellar said. “I thought our pitching was pretty decent today.”

Dellar indicated the Wildcats have been improving every game since the season started.

“We did OK,” Evart’s Savannah Ross said. “They had some real good hits and we couldn’t field them very well. We’ve made a ton of progress. We’re definitely hitting better.”

Senior teammate Dana Vore agreed.

“We should be focusing on fielding,” she said.

“Ashley Burhans did a good job on the mound,” Evart coach Cheryl Speet said. “Conklin, Hopkins, Dellar, Ross, Burhans and (Felicia) Nelson all had hits.”


Because of wet grounds, the Norm Turner Tournament for softball and the Tom Ryan Tournament for baseball were canceled on Saturday in Big Rapids.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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