Reed City's baseball struggles continue

REED CITY — Reed City’s baseball team continues to struggle in posting wins, but coach Marty Shaffer is confident the Coyotes will be coming up strong as the regular season heads into its final weeks.

Reed City dropped both games of its home invitational on Saturday, 11-5 to McBain and 9-7 to Whitehall.

Losing pitcher in the first game was Hunter Diehl, who went six innings and allowed five runs and struck out two. Brandon Wirth pitched in relief. Diehl had two hits and an RBI. Trevor Conklin, Stephen Shewan, Wirth and Justin Collis had one hit apiece.

Against Whitehall, Jeff Samuels went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs and walking five. Wirth went 3 1/3 innings and didn’t allow an earned run, Payton Hansen, Trevor Conklin and Austin Whitehead had two hits apiece. Trent Howell had a double and two RBI. Samuels had a double and RBI.

“We have to work on our resilience when things go wrong and make up for it,” Wirth said.

Reed City lost a home doubleheader on Friday to Petoskey 11-0 and 12-5.

“Looking back at the weekend, we’ve had some tough opponents,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We’re kind of in a lull here. We played well at the beginning of the year and have not gotten better as a team. We’ve kind of hit a plain and everyone else is getting better. We have some young guys. Saturday, we played with three freshmen and a sophomore. When they’re out there they’re getting us some energy.”

The Coyotes enter this week at 12-16-1 overall and 7-4 in the CSAA Gold.

“We only have two weeks left (of the regular season),” Shaffer said.

The Coyotes have a home twinbill Thursday with Lake City.