Coyotes 1-2 at home tourney

REED CITY — Emma Lockhart likes Reed City’s prospects for the rest of the season on the diamond despite a 1-2 record on Saturday at RC’s home invitational.

Reed City defeated Montabella 10-4 to open the tourney, then lost to Comstock Park 10-8 in the semifinals and wound up playing Evart in the consolation contest and lost 6-4.

“The first two games we did really well, we started clicking then we made some mental errors,” said Lockhart. “In the last game, we kind of had our heads somewhere else.”

Overall this year, “we’ve been playing well, we’re starting to click and get some games, in,” said Lockhart

A Coyote second baseman, Lockhart is in her first varsity season. She also plays basketball in the winter.

“I definitely have improved but I can work at things like fielding and batting, batting mostly. I’m trying to get the ball I play each time,” Lockhart said. “We have to play good, have a winning season and do well.”

Playing well defensively will be critical for the Coyotes, Lockhart added.

Reed City opened the day with a 10-4 victory over Montabella. Sam McDonald was the winning pitcher, striking out five, walking two and allowing four hits. Kalee Hensel and Amanda Steig had two hits apiece while Courtney Morgan had two hits and a double. Alex Baughan, Sam Bonnett, Emma Lockhart and Ally Stieg also had hits.

In the loss to Comstock Park, Stieg was 4-for-4 while Baughan, McDonald, Morgan and Amanda Steig had two hits apiece. Arnold, Hensel and Lockhart also had hits. Morgan belted a 3-run home run over the fence.

“The game was just a seesaw battle,” Roger Steig said.

Morgan was the losing pitcher, striking out five, walking three and giving up three hits.

Morgan and McDonald had three hits apiece against Evart while Baughan and Hensel had two hits apiece. Bonnett had one hits. McDonald started and allowed four runs and two walks plus five hits. Morgan fanned five batters while walking two. McDonald added two doubles and Hensel had two RBIs.

“Our pitchers did well today,” Roger Steig said. “We hit the ball really well. Against Evart, we hit the ball hard but right at them.”

In Wednesday, Reed City was home against Morley Stanwood and lost 4-2 and 12-3 in CSAA action. In the first game, Hensel had a two-run single and Amanda Steig a pair of hits. In the second game, Steig and Sam McDonald had two hits for RC.