Coyote girls enjoy sweep over Mason County
REED CITY — With runners on second and third and two outs, all that was between the Reed City softball team and a doubleheader sweep of Mason County Central was a single out.
The Coyotes headed into the top of the seventh with an 8-4 lead and seemed like they were cruising to victory in the nightcap. But after giving up three runs in the top of the inning, pitcher Hanna Price regained her composure and fanned a MCC batter to secure a complete game victory and the doubleheader sweep with an 8-7 win.
“The pitchers did a really good job tonight,” Reed City head coach Roger Steig said. “For as young as we are, our girls did a good job of keeping their composure. They’re young, but a lot of them have played a lot of ball in their career. I think that contributes to them being able to keep their composure.”
Price gave up nine hits, but struck out nine in the win.
At the plate, Courtney Smith had an RBI single and drew two walks, Jules Griffin and Brittani Yarger each had sacrifice RBIs and Ally Yarger drew three walks.
The Coyotes trailed 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning of the first game, but a 13-run fourth inning paved the way for a 14-4 five inning victory for Reed City.
“I think everyone’s adrenaline was really going at that point,” first baseman Skiler Brigham said of the explosive half-inning. “Everyone kept getting good hits and we were all pumped up.”
Brittani Yarger had two RBI doubles and an RBI single, Heather Huss had three RBIs on two singles,Ally Yarger hit a three RBI single and Brigham had an RBI double and an RBI on a bases loaded walk when she was hit by a pitch.
Griffin picked up the pitching victory, giving up four hits and striking out four in five innings of work.
“It felt really good to have my team back me up at the plate,” Griffin said. “We finally got the bats going, which was really nice for me.”