Imhoff enjoys solid summer baseball season

EVART —  Chris Imhoff had a solid baseball season in the spring for Evart, but found time this summer to work on his game.

Imhoff and the Wildcats ended their summer earlier this month with a 3-2 victory for Pine River in the consolation game of the summer baseball league.

For his spring season, Imhoff was first team all-Highland Conference and all-district, and made the Pioneer’s baseball Dream team. He hit .416 with 30 hits as a team captain, drove in 12 runs and had 10 extra base hits, including a home run.7-15 chris imhoff photo

In the summer tournament at Evart, the Wildcats bounced back from an 18-2 loss to Reed City to beat Pine River in the second game.

“We did a whole lot better minimizing our errors and keeping our heads in the game,” he said.

During the consolation game, he played second base and shortstop. He normally played third base during the regular season.

“We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores coming in who are doing a whole lot better for themselves and making a show for the team,” he said, adding that he was focusing on “keeping my head cool, making good throws, playing good baseball and making good lays.”

Coach Josh Johnson was planning on having Imhoff and other players involved in Sunday pickup games during the rest of the summer.

“It’s very important,” Imhoff said of summer baseball. “Baseball’s a mentality sport. If you don’t keep within the game, you have to learn all over again.”

Imhoff also plays football.

“We’re working pretty hard,” he said.

Imhoff is a linebacker and fullback and admits it’s been a busy summer

“But I love it,” he said. “You get in as much as you can in your life before it runs out.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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