Big Rapids too much for Reed City in doubleheader sweep

Morley Stanwood takes pair from White Cloud

Roger Steig



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REED CITY – Big Rapids’ softball team took another major step toward the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title with a sweep over Reed City on Tuesday.

It was 14-1 in the first game and 17-3 in the second. Both games went five innings.

In the opener, Marissa Warren had three hits including a home run and two RBIs, Mackenzie Ososki had three hits and three RBIs, and Cailin Knoop had three hits. Jaylynn Gray had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Rylie Haist had two hits and an RBI. Josie Cornell had one hit and one RBI.

Haist pitched all five innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out 10.

In the second game, Haist went all five innings allowing one run on three hits, walking none and striking out five.

Gray, Cornell, Daum and Warren had three hits apiece. Gray had six RBIs, Cornell three and Daum and Warren had two apiece. Pharis Carroll, Knoop and Ososki had two hits apiece. Carroll had two RBIs and Ososki one. Haist had a hit and RBI.

“It was a pretty good game and we all worked together as a team,” Ososki said. “We’ve been working together and we’re all talking together.”

Big Rapids is 17-1.

“We’re taking it one game at a time,”  Big Rapids coach Dawn Thompson said. “Offensively, we came out with a great approach. We were aggressive and disciplined and really hit the ball well today.

“Rylie Haist is the best pitcher in our area, in my opinion. It’s a total team effort. Every kid is contributing right now. We need to come focused to the ball field regardless of our opponent.”

Reed City hitters with one hit each were Kenzie Shoemaker, Hayden Cutler and Hannah Stellini. In the second game, hitters were Rylie Shafer with two hits and Hannah Stellini with one. 

“We all got some personal growth and saw what we need to work on in practice,” Stellini said.

“We’ve come a long way this year but Big Rapids is a strong team,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We made a lot of defensive errors which got us down a little bit. We didn’t get off to a good start. We may have been a little too tense.”

Evart 11, Pine River 0

Evart 7, Pine River 2

LEROY – Addy Gray was the winning pitcher in this game, allowing three hits and zero runs over four innings, striking out seven and walking one. Evart had 10 hits. Gray, Thompson, and Katelyn Gostlin had multiple hits for the winners. Gray had three hits.

Sadler Mumby was the losing pitcher.

In the second game, Gray was the winning pitcher with no walks and nine strikeouts. Gray, Riley Brigham, Veronica Lofquist, JoJo Tiedt and Thompson all had multiple hits.

Amanda Hill was the losing pitcher in the second game. She struck out four. She had two hits.

Evart is 8-0 in the conference and 12-4 overall.