Third time’s the charm for Evick at World Series

District III manager and third base coach Mike Evick high-fiving Kate Evick as she rounds third base after her home run in Wednesday’s win. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

ROXANA — It’s not Mike Evick’s first rodeo. He’s experienced a World Series or two before.

In fact, this year’s Senior League Softball World Series marks his third Little League World Series experience — one as a player and two as a coach.

Evick represented Sussex County as a player in the 1993 Big League World Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His team finished fifth out of 16 teams across the world.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said of the experience. “For 17-year-old boys, on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, it was a lot of fun. We ended up fifth in the world.”

Twenty-two years later, Evick found himself as a member of the coaching staff of the District III representative in the 2015 Senior League Softball World Series at Lower Sussex Little League.

“I grew up around Little League and played it when I was younger, and I just kept on going with it,” he said. “I love coaching it, I love being around it. It’s a lot of fun.”

His oldest daughter, 2018 Sussex Central High graduate Taylor Evick, played on that team with him. The Millsboro/Georgetown all-stars placed third of 10 teams that summer, winning the consolation game by a score of 11-0 over the East region representative.

“We had a great time here,” he said. “It was a lot of fun, especially to be able to coach her for it.”

Fast forward another four years, and Evick is now leading the Laurel/Millsboro/Nanticoke all-star squad as manager at this week’s World Series.

And, once again, he’s not the only Evick representing the District III host team.

His youngest daughter, Kate Evick, has played a key role for LMN, starting all four of pool play games at catcher.

She hit a two-run home run in Wednesday’s 10-0 win. After going hitless in the first two games, she broke out of her slump by going 3-for-4 in the shutout and added another hit in Thursday’s 8-6 loss.

Kate, a rising sophomore at Sussex Central, just earned All-State honors at catcher as a freshman with the Golden Knights.

Though Mike has been coaching them since they were about 7 years old, nothing has compared to the World Series experience with his two daughters.

“I’ve coached them since they were 7, all the way through. Going on 14 years now,” he said. “This is one of the best experiences, without a doubt.

“With travel ball, we have a lot of tournaments and play a lot of games, but this is a lot more fun. It’s the best experience coming down here, representing Delaware and playing against the world is a great experience for them.”

The sisters aren’t the only Evick siblings who have been coached by Mike. His son, Zach Evick, is a rising senior with the Sussex Central baseball program. He’s coached Zach through Little League and in travel ball.

At one point, he was coaching all three children at the same time.

“I was running everywhere,” he joked. “It’s a lot, but kids first. That’s what I say.”

For Kate, her success doesn’t come as a surprise. The youngest Evick was playing on an 18u team with her sister when she was just 11 years old.

“She kept up with them,” he said. “She was a little bit nervous, I’m sure, but she caught for them a couple times and that’s what she’s been doing ever since.”

Evick will continue coaching travel ball, but expects this year’s World Series to be his final year coaching Little League.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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