State-ranked Evart baseball team splits with Chippewa Hills

Evart catcher Billy Conklin is set to put the tag on Chippewa Hills Taylor Gibson. (Pioneer photoJohn Raffel)

EVART — Evart’s baseball team is ranked No. 15 in the state’s Division 3 polls and the Wildcats showed why with a 19-9 win over Chippewa Hills on Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

But the Warriors showed in game 2 they were a team not to be taken lightly by scoring an 8-3 win.

“Evart is a real good baseball team,” Chippewa Hills coach Ben Wright said. “They’re going to win their league, a tough league (Highland Conference) with Beal City. We knew coming in they’d be a good test for us. They play a lot of local teams.”

Evart is 23-6.

“Thursday will be our third game day in a row and I’m using a lot of arms that haven’t pitched much this year,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said.

Parker Henry got the win in relief for Evart. Ty Sochocki had three hits and three RBIs. Billy Conklin had a single, two-run homer and five RBIs. Danny Witbeck had a single. Justin O’Dell had a single and two RBIs, Carter Pritchard added two singles, a double and three RBIs, Garrett Johnson had a double. Lodholtz and Henry added singles.

Ty Jose took the loss in relief in the first game. Nate Snider had two hits, including a double for the Warriors. Gavin Miller had three hits in his varsity debut. Paris Alston had three doubles.

Bryce Spaugh was the winning pitcher in the second game going five innings. Logan Davis pitched in relief. Nate Snyder had three hits while Ty Jose had a two-run double.

Henry was the losing pitcher in the second game. Ty Sochocki had a triple while Conklin had a double and RBI.

“The first game was 19-9, but really was a close game until we couldn’t stop throwing strikes and they took advanatage of it,” Wright said. “The second game, Bryce threw strikes from the start and we got timely hits. We hit the ball well both games. Maybe we’re turning the tide around; it’s six of the last seven we’ve won.”

The Warriors are 6-14. They are home Thursday against Shepherd.

Evart is home with Morley Stanwood on Thursday.

“Our first game was really good,” Henry said. “We were hitting pretty good. We didn’t get to it the second game.”

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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 jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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