Coyotes defeat Newaygo

Reed City's Hunter Morrison is tagged out at third base.
Reed City's Hunter Morrison is tagged out at third base.

REED CITY — The weather might not be ready for spring baseball, but it appears Reed City’s Hunter Morrison definitely is all set.

The Coyote senior opened Reed City’s season with a three-hitter in seven innings, striking out 14 in a 7-0 Central State Activities Association Gold Division win over Newaygo.

Stephen Shewan had a grand slam home run.

“I was struggling early on,” he said. “My coach gave me advice to keep my head on the ball.”

It was his first career home run.

Brandon Wirth had three hits and a walk and scored twice.

“It was nice to get outside,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “I thought we played well the first game, but kind of lost our focus in the second game.”

Shaffer was impressed with Morrison’s performance.

“We realized we’ll rely on him a lot this year,” Shaffer said. “He doesn’t lose a beat from last year. Here he comes and strikes out 14 the first game. It’s pretty amazing. We’ll rely on him pretty heavily.”

The second game went three innings with Newaygo leading 8-5. It was called after three innings on account of darkness and will be made later this year. Wirth was Reed City’s starting pitcher. Weather-permitting, Reed City is home with Lake City on Friday.