Reed City softball team ends season

Maddie Morgan slides into second base.
Maddie Morgan slides into second base.

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids and Reed City summer softball teams faced off in a matchup between the leagues top two teams on Wednesday, with Big Rapids earning the sweep.

Big Rapids won game one 14-1 and game two 11-7 at Big Rapids High School to finish summer play undefeated at 8-0-2.

“It was a very satisfying season,” Big Rapids coach Bill Squires said. “I don’t think we ever had the same team twice. The girls stepped up when they needed to and hit the ball when they needed to. I’m very happy with this season.”

Lily Andres and Josie Schieble each had two hits total for Reed City and Riley Shafer, Cassie Enos, Maddy Cross, and Adeline Wyrick tallied one hit, apiece. In game one, Maddie Morgan allowed nine runs, four hits, and three walks while striking out three. Maddy Cross came in for relief and allowed five runs, one hit, and five walks. In game two, Cross struck out three while allowing seven hits, 11 runs, and three walks.

“The biggest thing about this for us is that we’re building for next year,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “The younger kids are getting a chance to work and we get to see how they react. We graduated a lot of seniors this spring. We’ve looked at around 20 girls this summer.

“The future looks pretty bright.”

Rylie Haist earned the win in game one for Big Rapids and Josie Prince picked up the win in game two, with Haist coming in for relief.

“The bats were working good,” Squires said. “Both pitchers pitched well. We have a dandy of a program coming up. We have a bunch of young kids that are hungry. They’re easy to coach when they want to play.

“They’re great kids.”