Reed City softball loses in regionals

Reed City's Mady Brown throws to first base.
Reed City's Mady Brown throws to first base.

STANDISH – Reed City’s softball season came to a close on Saturday with a 5-2 regional semifinal loss to Sanford Meridian Early College at Standish-Sterling.

Sanford Meridian defeated Farwell 6-3 for the regional title.

Sidni Rushford went all six innings, allowing five runs, two earned, and nine hits and struck out three while allowing no walks.

Kamryn Myers had two hits while getting one each were Jordyn Storch, Rushford and Maddie Morgan.

Storch’s hit was her 11th home run of the season.

Reed City scored a run in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Myers had a single and was sacrificed to second base by Devin Willard. Rushford doubled up the gap to score a run.

Sanford Meridian had one unearned run. The score stayed that way until the first when the Mustangs scored two runs for a 3-1 lead. Storch’s homer made it 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored two more.

“The game could have gone either way,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We gave it our best shot. Meridian has a fine ballclub and wound up winning the regional. It’s been a fine year for us.”

Rushford had huge pitching performances late in the season.

“Sidni also had six hits in the district tournament and Jordyn has hit the long ball for us all year,” Steig said. “We’ll miss them next year.”

The other seniors are Alyssa Olds, Kierra Barker and Willard.

Reed City’s season ends at 24-12.

Steig said Reed City will have a summer league on Wednesday nights starting on June 20.

Reed City will play all of its games at home. Other teams in the league will be Mesick, McBain, Tri County and Cadillac.