Reed City girls split invitational

REED CITY — Reed City’s softball team earned a split at its home tournament on Saturday.

The Coyotes opened with an 8-2 loss to Kent City.

Maddie Morgan was the losing pitcher in the first game, going six innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits, three earned runs and no walks. She struck out seven.

Veronica Lofquist went the last inning and struck out two batters while allowing no hits.

Lofquist had two hits while Kamryn Myers, Morgan, Riley Shafer and Alaina Stein had one apiece.

In the consolation game, Reed City beat Ludington 9-1. Lofquist pitched the entire game and gave up one run, striking out five and walking one. Lofquist and Shafer had two apiece. Myers, Morgan, Lily Andre and Mia Peterson had one apiece.

“We’ve been struggling a bit as of late,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We’re really struggling at the plate right now. The last game on Saturday, we finished on a positive note with Ludington and got our bats rolling. So maybe we’re headed in the right direction going into the final weeks of the season.”

Reed City is home with Lake City on Thursday.

On Friday, Reed City lost a non-league twinbill to McBain. The Ramblers won the first game 9-1. Morgan went six innings and gave up six runs, one earned, striking out 10 and walking three. Lofquist pitched the last inning.

Reed City lost the second game 9-5. Morgan went the distance and allowed 11 hits, four earned runs and one walk while fanning four. Andres had two hits while Myers, Morgan, Keagan Parish, Stein and Peterson had one each.