Baseball seasons end for local all-star teams
REED CITY — The seasons have ended for the Reed City-Evart Little League all-star baseball teams.
The 11-12-year-old squad was 1-2 last week while the 9-10-year-old team was 1-3. Neither were able to advance in the tournament.
The 9-10-year-old squad opened its play on July 10 and lost 7-6 to Roosevelt Park. On July 11 Reed City was home against White Lake in a wild game and won 32-26. On July 12 Reed City lost 21-11 to Reeths-Puffer and played the same team again on Thursday, losing this time 7-4.
Cody Kailing hit the ball well for Reed City, said coach Matt Kailing, who also said he got some strong pitching performances.
That included one from Danny Witbeck, who pitched against top seeded Reeths-Puffer.
“He did an excellent job pitching,” said Matt Kailing. “From losing 21-11 to going to 7-4 was an excellent feat. As far as all four games go, I thought all the kids played really well. We played well as a team. We had six kids from Evart and six from Reed City.”
The 11-12-year-old squad started playing on July 10 and lost at Roosevelt Park 6-4.
“It was a very close game, the boys played real well,” said Reed City-Evart coach Tom Strach.
The game was tied 3-3 at one stage. Josh DuBreuil started on the mound for Reed City-Evart and Hunter Morrison and Bryce Grannis came in later.
“They all threw well,” Strach said. “When you hold a team to six runs, that’s pretty good. As far as hitting, it was a team effort in that game.
On July 11, Reed City-Evart played at Big Rapids and beat the host team 13-1. Zach Wirgau was on the mound and was relieved by Morrison and Jeff Phenix.
Cody Strach and Billy Conklin had three hits apiece. Strach had a double and three RBIs. Phenix added two hits.
“They were patient at the plate at these games,” Tom Strach said.
On Thursday, Reed City-Evart lost to White Lake 15-5. Strach had two hits and an over-the-fence home run. Grannis, Morrison, Hunter Mollohan and Jericho VanScoyoc had one hit.
“It was the last Little League game for quite a few of them,” Strach said.