Coyote baseball team falls to Newaygo

REED CITY — Reed City fell 4-1 and 11-1 to  Newaygo in Central State Activities Association baseball play Friday.

In the first game, Ray Phenix had eight strikeouts for Reed City while allowing seven hits. Reed City had three hits including a home run.

The second game was 1-1 early before Newaygo exploded in later innings. Austin Hansen had a hit. Eric Grannis and Josh Saez were Reed City’s pitchers.

“We played extremely well in the first game,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We lost it at the end. They had a couple of well hit balls. In the second game, for some reason, we gave up, I don’t know if we lost the edge or what happened.”

The Coyotes are 2-12.

Reed City 6-8, Manton 4-9

Reed City split with Manton in non-league play Thursday. Reed City won the first game 6-4 on three two-run homers from Phenix, Jim Squires and Caleb Wilson.

Reed City lost the second game 9-8. Grannis had two home runs.

Trevor Thiel was the winning pitcher in the first game while Saez picked up the save. Logan Straub took the loss in the second game.

Thiel has seen some valuable action the mound in his junior season. He called the effort against Manton “probably” one of the best pitching performances he’s had this season.

“My form is working better,” he said, adding that while pitching on the varsity level, “you have to pick your spots better because the hitters are better. I could get a little better.”

Thiel said he wants to work on his hitting.

The Coyotes are striving to improve as a team, and Thiel and his teammates are hopeful that more experience outdoors will help the team improve. If he’s not pitching, Thiel will be at shortstop.

The Coyotes need to have success at all aspects of the game “and support each other,” Thiel indicated, in order to have success in each game.

Reed City is home Friday against Chippewa Hills and plays at Big Rapids Saturday in the Tom Ryan Tournament.