Coyotes can't stop red-hot Lakeview lineup in sweep

REED CITY — Lakeview’s bats were smoking Friday night while Reed City’s were relatively quiet in a Central State Activities Association baseball doubleheader. The Wildcats won the first game 15-3 and the second contest 13-0. Both ended on the mercy rule with the first game going six and the second going five innings. Lakeview scored five runs in the second, seven in the fifth and three in the sixth. Jordan Straub had three hits for Reed City while Austin Hansen had one. Ray Phenix was the losing pitcher. Lakeview had two official home runs and one unofficial in the fourth inning of the second game. The unofficial one was actually a triple and out at the plate when the batter, who’s hit cleared the fence, failed to touch home and was declared out. But that was one of the few mistakes the Wildcats would make all night. They scored two runs in the first, one in the third, six in the fourth and four in the eighth. “They hit the ball very well,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “They put the ball in play and hit it. We didn’t counteract it. We struggled at the plate again and had some crucial errors in the field.” The Coyotes didn’t have a hit in five innings. The games were played at the field behind the high school. The regular field by the Rocket Football Park is not usable yet because of wet conditions. “It’s early, I told them,” Shankel said. “But we have to be a little more focused on the game.” Reed City fell to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the CSAA. The Coyotes play at Chippewa Hills Tuesday night. “It’s nice to get out there and not have a game get canceled,” Shankel said.
SOFTBALL REED CITY — Reed City lost the first game 14-2 to Lakeview but won the second contest 8-4. In the first game, Jules Griffin took the loss, giving up 14 runs on 14 hits and striking out seven. Reed City had two runs in the fifth. Lakeview scored two in the first, eight in the fourth and four in the seventh. “The first game, Lakeview is a tough ballclub. I don’t know if it was nerves or what,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We had 10 errors that first game. Jules Griffin did a nice job of pitching. We didn’t give her any defense.” Courtney Smith led the Coyote bats with a single and double. Hanna Price was the winning pitcher of the second game. “Mentally, I had to be strong,” Price said. “The first game we struggled. We got it together the second game.” Price gave up four runs on 10 hits, walking none and striking out four.” “In-between games, we talked about it and the ladies regrouped and we tightened up our defense and Hanna pitched a heckuva game,” Steig said. “Our bats came alive.” Skiler Brigham had three hits for Reed City. Reed City is 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the CSAA. “Our pitchers’ progress, they’ve come along well. They did a good job tonight,” Steig said. The Coyotes play at Chippewa Hills Tuesday night.