Coyote baseball team ready for key games

REED CITY — It’s a busy week for the Reed City baseball team, which will be finishing up the regular season this week and entering playoff action next Tuesday at Pine River.

The Coyotes were 2-1 on Saturday in the Cadillac Invitational to improve to 15-14 overall.

In the first game, Reed City won 8-0 over Carrollton in five innings. Dylan Kichak was the winner in the first game with a five-inning no-hitter, walking only two batters and fanning five.

Codie Strach was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs while Glen Ryder went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Mike Schneidt and Eric Grannis had a hit and run scored and Kickhak added an RBI.

Reed City lost 13-0 to Quincy. Droke took the loss while Ryder and Dakota Saez contributed hits.

In their final game, the Coyotes edged Cadillac 11-10. Eric Reed went the distance to pick up the win. Strach was 4-for-4 with a walk-off double when Reed City was behind 10-0 going into the bottom of the fifth.

Droke had two hits in the win while Grannis and Kichak also had hits.

This Wednesday, the Coyotes will be at Manistee. Thursday, Reed City is at Holton in CSAA action. The Coyotes are at Pine River Tuesday in predistrict action against the Bucks.

“We’ll try to sharpen up defensively,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel. “Hopefully, we can get some guys hot at the plate. That’s the goal right now. The pitching has been great all year long for us. I’m pleased with how our guys have done on the mound.”

Defensively, Shankel would like to see some improvement.

“We’re not bad out there but we’ve struggled at times,” he said.

On May 15 in home CSAA action, the Coyotes defeated Lakeview 5-4 thanks to Mike Barton’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning. The second game was called due to lightening in the bottom of the fourth with the Coyotes ahead 9-6

“You always feel good with a win,” Shankel said. “I think we were a little sluggish. That was our fourth game in five days. We’ve played a lot of baseball. Mike Barton came through with a big hit.”

Reed City was behind 4-3 before Barton drove home Ricky Droke and Jordan Rolston. Strach was the winning pitcher with 14 strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Eric Grannis had two hits, followed by Strach and Ryder with one hit.