Coyotes lose to Big Rapids

Brandon Wirth dives back into second base.
Brandon Wirth dives back into second base.

BIG RAPIDS — Two CSAA Gold baseball powers were at Win Kellum Field on Friday to battle for the league lead.

But the battle hasn’t quite ended.

Big Rapids won the first game, 5-3, while Reed City was ahead 3-1 after four innings of the second game.

An official game is no fewer than five innings. The second game will be resumed later if it counts for first place in the CSAA.

The game was tied 3-3 and Big Rapids scored two runs the bottom of the sixth. Jackob Martinson scored on an error and LJ Graves came home on Craven Bird’s squeeze bunt.

Jace Garry had two hits. Elliott Blair had a triple. Jayden Mason had a double and scored a run.

Connor Kinnally pitched six innings and got relief help in the sixth.

Hunter Diehl took the pitching loss for Reed City.

He allowed no earned runs, struck out five and walked three.

Diehl had three hits while Stephen Shewan had two hits and Trevor Conklin had a double.

In the second game, Brandon Wirth had two hits for the Coyotes. Diehl and Shewan had doubles. Jeffrey had two RBIs.

“We out-hit them. We had 10 hits in the first game,” Reed city coach Marty Shaffer said. “We put the ball in play and scored runs, but we gave it to them. There’s a lot of things we have to work on.”

Keaton Ballard pitched all four innings for Big Rapids in the second game. Reed City scored its three runs in the first inning.

Big Rapids is 9-4 overall and 5-0 in conference.

“The last four or five years with Marty and I, every single game has been close,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said. “They’re good baseball games. Reed City played hard. We were fortunate and did what we had to do to get a win. We’ll keep working on our defense.”

Reed City is 8-7-1 overall and 2-1 in the CSAA.