Coyotes continue winning ways

Reed City runs winning streak to nine with sweep of Chippewa Hills

REED CITY — Coaches often spout after defeat, claiming that a loss isn’t a bad loss if a team learns from it.

Reed City softball coach Roger Steig believes his team has.

The Coyotes began the season with an eight-game winning streak, only to drop a game to Pine River and a doubleheader to Morley Stanwood.

But since that time, Reed City has rattled off nine straight victories, including a sweep of Chippewa Hills on Tuesday. The Coyotes won the first game 6-2 and then rallied for an 11-7 victory in the nightcap.

“I think the turning point to our season was when we lost those three games,” Steig said. “We knew we needed to turn things around and we did.”

The biggest area of improvement for Reed City has come on the defensive side, Steig said. The Coyotes are making the plays that need to be made and cutting down on errors.

“The biggest thing is we are playing defense,” he said. “We are not giving up big innings.”

Instead, Reed City used big innings for the sweep.

The Coyotes scored five runs in the second inning of the opener with Sam McDonald recording an RBI double and Allison Stieg hitting an RBI double.

Reed City posted eight hits, including two apiece from Amanda Steig, Stieg and McDonald.

“I thought the bottom of the line-up carried us last week, but we had good balance (Tuesday),” Roger Steig said. “We were able to put hits together.”

Putting hits together was something Chippewa Hills struggled with in the first game. The Warriors recorded five hits with Brooke Sellers leading the way with two.

Chippewa Hills trailed 6-0 going into the top of the seventh inning and plated two runs as Hailey Karcher scored on a wild pitch and a RBI single by Hali Earl. The Warriors would load the bases with two outs, but couldn’t push any more runs across.

“We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t play good,” Chippewa Hills coach R.D. Denslow said. “We hit the ball, but we hit it at them. My hats off to them, they hit the tar out of the ball.”

Reed City continued to hit the ball in the second game, scoring four runs in the first inning and five more in the fourth inning to take a 9-6 advantage. Courtney Morgan, Steig and Stieg had two hits apiece for the Coyotes.

“We never lost focus, even when we were behind,” Roger Steig said. “We are a much better team now than we were at the beginning of the season.”

The Warriors collected six hits and benefited from eight walks. Lottie Halm led the Chippewa Hills’ attack with two hits.

“You are going to have nights like this,” Denslow said. “If you are going to lose, that’s the way you want it to be. You don’t want it to be because of errors or mental mistakes.”

Reed City is in action Friday when it travels to White Cloud. Chippewa Hills will entertain Central Montcalm.

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from Tuesday’s games.