Beaverton Baseball, Softball Eyeing Jack Pine Titles
BEAVERTON – Few high schools in the state are fortunate enough to place both of its baseball and softball programs in the state rankings.
Up until this week, that’s exactly what Beaverton had done.
Despite sweeping a Jack Pine Conference doubleheader with Gladwin on Tuesday, the baseball program, which stands at 17-5 overall and 7-1 in league play, fell out of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 3 state poll for the first time in three weeks.
Meanwhile the softball program (21-2, 7-1) sits in eighth place in this week’s Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Division 3 rankings.
"We’re rooting for them, and we hope they’re rooting for us,” senior Brandon Evans said. “We’re all in this together, trying to bring home a conference first, and then on to districts."
Battling the likes of Clare and Sanford Meridian, atop the league standings.
"We all support each other. It’s a lot of fun,” junior Faith Howe said. “There’s a good team atmosphere between the two teams, and there’s a lot of school support, community support. It’s a lot of fun in the hallways."
Both programs have a big Jack Pine test awaiting them next week, when they visit Clare on Tuesday. Leaders of the conference, Clare also has placed both of its teams in the Division 3 rankings.