Chippewa Hills defeats Reed City 12-9

REED CITY — Tri County’s baseball team defeated Reed City 4-3 in a Central State Activities Association Gold Division contest on Monday in the resumption of a game suspended after five innings earlier this season.

The game resumed with a 3-3 tie. Tri County scored in the top of the seventh on a passed ball, error and a run-producing passed ball.

Reed City’s Hunter Morrison, who had pitched the previous five innings, hurled the final two on Monday. Overall, he allowed four runs and three hits. Jeff Phenix had two hits and two RBI. Logan Straub and Cameron Austin had doubles for Reed City (2-7, 10-16).

The teams played a nonleague second game and Reed City won 8-7 in 13 innings. The game was tied 7-7 after seven. Straub was hit by a pitch, stole second and third, and scored on a wild throw to third base.

Nate Worrall went 10 innings, allowing six runs on four hits, striking out six and walking one. Phenix went three innings, allowing no runs and four hits.

Straub had three hits, including two home runs, four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, Simon Moreno had two doubles and two runs scored. Alex Brummel had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Reed City is at Lake City on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Reed City’s gallant comeback effort fell short against Chippewa Hills on Friday night.

The Coyotes entered their last at-bat trailing 12-4 and scored five runs before the Warriors secured a 12-9 Central State Activities Association Gold Division baseball victory

Chippewa Hills had an 8-1 lead in the second game with Reed City batting in the bottom of the second before the contest was suspended because of rain.

Straub had two solo home runs for Reed City, including the Coyotes’ only run in the second game.

“I think it went well,” Reed City senior infielder Gabe Miller, who also had a home run and another hit in the opener, said. “We had a good comeback hitting rally. We had a couple of errors.”

Cody Brown had a two-run homer in the first game for the Warriors, but Reed City had an early 3-2 lead.

Chippewa Hills (6-3,12-9) went back up 5-3.

“We calmed down and swung the bats and had a good lead going into the seventh,” Chippewa Hills coach Ben Wright said. “Give Reed City credit. They fought back and didn’t give up. It was a real good game for us. We’re starting to click and swing the bats a little bit. It carried over into the second game.”

RJ Simon was the winning pitcher in the opener, going six innings and allowing five earned runs.

Straub was the losing pitcher in the first game.

Worrall pitched in relief. Cameron Austin had four hits for Reed City during the twinbill.

“We’re a little under .500, but it’s been way better than in the past,” Miller said, “Splitting with (Chippewa Hills would have been big), and winning conference games we should have won. Hopefully we can at least break .500. We need to at least split or sweep a couple.”

Miller started for Reed City in the second game and was relieved in the first inning by Worrall. Brown pitched for the Warriors before the game was suspended.

Cade Schafer led off the second game for the Warriors with a base hit, scored a run and set the tone for a six-run inning.

Reed City has four CSAA games and Chippewa Hills has one that had been suspended before its completion and need to be rescheduled.