Coyotes fall to 5-10 following doubleheader loss
REED CITY — Cadillac’s softball team is 16-1 overall and showed why on Monday.
The Vikings swept Reed City 14-0 and 7-1 in a pair of non-league softball games.
Cadillac had been to Reed City’s Invitational on Saturday and sustained its only loss so far this season to Gladstone. Reed City fell to 5-10.
“Cadillac, we knew they were tough coming in,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “You never like two losses. What I do like is we finally found ourselves with some chemistry in the last three innings of the game. We played one-on-one with them and played ball the way I know we’re capable of. “
In the first game, Skiler Brigham, Lindsey Greer and Brittany Yarger had hits for Reed City.
Cadillac scored three runs in the first, two in the third and single runs in the sixth and seventh of the second game. Reed City scored on a Cadillac error in the bottom of the seventh..
Riley Lawson had a double in the fifth inning of the second game for Reed City’s only hit.
Jules Griffin pitched both games for Reed City. She walked four and struck out two in the first game and struck out five while allowing no walks and eight hits in the second game.
Katlyn Agren was the winning pitcher in both games.
“She was decent,” said Lawson. “She was definitely accurate.”
“She found the strike zone and had 14 strikeouts for the day,” said Cadillac coach Dan Dahlquist. “We were at our normal self in hitting the ball. We usually average around 13 hits a game. The girls put it in play, got some bunts down and beat them out.”
Reed City plays at Bay City Central on Tuesday.
“I think (Monday was) another step for us,” Steig said. ”These girls aren’t letting themselves get down. We know we’re young. Every game is a learning process. We continue to get
Reed City Invitational
REED CITY — The title game of the Reed City Invitational was a rematch of last season’s state quarterfinal.
But for the second straight year, the result was basically the same.
Gladstone of the Upper Peninsula blanked Reed City 11-0 in the tournament title game on Saturday.
The Coyotes defeated Evart 12-1 and Montabella 15-4 in the first two rounds to set up the match-up with Gladstone who won the state quarterfinal game over the Coyotes last June.
Gladstone defeated Cadillac to get to the title game on Saturday.
“I was happy with the quality of play in the tournament,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Cadillac got their first loss of the season to Gladstone.”
In Saturday’s title game, Hanna Price had two hits for the Coyotes. She took the loss as pitcher, allowing 11 hits on 11 runs.
Reed City opened the day with its win over Evart. Price, Brittany Cassidy, Ally Yarger and Brittani Yarger had two hits apiece.
Price was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out three.
In the win over Montabella, the Coyotes prospered on a lot of walks. Brittany Yarger and Lindsey Greer had two hits apiece. Jules Griffin was the winning pitcher. allowing four hits and one walk, fanning five batters.
“Our girls played well (Saturday) getting into the finals,” Steig said. “That’s a good day for us. We learn a lot playing Gladstone. That’s a good game for us.”
Gladstone made the six-hour trip on Friday to come to the Reed City tournament.
“They’re ranked No. 2 in the state right now,” Steig said.
Reed City falls at Chip Hills
REMUS — Chippewa Hills has been playing some good softball lately and took it out on a young and inexperienced Reed City team.
The Warriors earned 15-0 and 13-1 victories on Tuesday (April 30) in Central State Activities Association action.
Heather Huss and Ally Yarger had hits for the Coyotes.
Jules Griffin took the loss for Reed City.
The Coyotes had four hits in the second game. Skiler Brigham had a double while Griffin, Hanna Price and Yarger had singles.
“What really hurt us was we made a lot of defensive errors,” said Steig. “We made a lot of mental errors. It was just bad timing.”
The Warriors had three hits in the first game, six in the second and three in the third.
“Our pitchers are doing good and we’re getting our team work going,” Brigham said. “I’m trying to do my best.”