Big Rapids splits with Evart softball team

Big Rapids; Kelkby Strpko delivers a pitch against Evart on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Evart’s softball team was consistent with five runs in both nonleague games on Wednesday against Big Rapids,

But the Cardinals had two different types of production in both games and settled for a split against the Wildcats It was 5-1, Evart, in the first game and 15-5 Big Rapids, in a five-inning second game.

Olivia Teceno had two hits and an RBI in the first game, Jaylynn Gray had two hits, Maddison Affer, Emma Daum and Annah Folkema had one hit each. Alissa Ruggles was the losing pitcher. She struck out four whole allowing one earned run. Big Rapids had three errors.

In the second game Daum had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs, Jaylynn Gray had three hits and an RBI and Madison Hamilton three hits and four RBIs. Kelby Strpko went all five innings, striking out two and allowing one earned run. Big Rapids had four errors.

“We came out really flat and played uninspired the first game,” Big Rapids coach Dawn Thompson said. “It showed on the field, unfortunately. But we bounced back really well in the second game. We attacked the ball as hitters which is what we needed to do in the first game. You’re not going to win many games scoring just one run.”

Big Rapids is 8-11.

The Cardinals are home Thursday night against Shelby and are at Central Montcalm on Friday.

For Evart, 7-15. Abby Apsey had two singles in the first game and Livy Hopkins had a double. McKenzie Kimball had a double and two RRIs. Sarena Mcguiness, Carlie Gostlin and Ryann Baumgarder had hits.

Carlie Gostlin was Evart’s pitcher of record both games. She had two strikeouts the first game.

The second game, Hopkins had a single and two RBIs. Skylar Baumgardner had a double and RBI. Ryann Baumgardner had two RBIs. Apsey added a single. Kylee Dorn had a successful sacrifice bunt.

“Our defense is getting better,” Evart coach Amanda Brown said. “Our offense is getting better. We’re getting fun to watch. I’m proud of them.”

Evart plays at Montabella on Saturday.


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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