Double stunner: Reed City girls upset Central Montcalm

Coyotes bounce back from losses to Big Rapids

Isabell Guy



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STANTON – Not one shocking upset, but two.

Reed City entered Friday’s Central State Activities Association Gold Division softball doubleheader with Central Montcalm as the underdog.

The Green Hornets began the twinbill as the fifth-ranked Division 3 team in the Michigan High School Coaches Association rankings.

But that did not stop the visiting Coyotes from using a total team effort to sweep the two league games, 8-7 and 6-5.

“It was nice to come down here knowing Central Montcalm was a ranked team and that they would be tough,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We are coming off a couple rough games against Big Rapids where we didn’t play anywhere near our potential. Tonight our girls stepped up and beat a very good Central Montcalm team.”

Isabell Guy recorded the win from inside the circle for the Coyotes. She tossed seven innings giving up seven runs, seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six.

The first game ended when Reed City led 8-4 and held off a late game charge from the Hornets in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 8-7 triumph. Kayla Montague led the Coyotes at the plate with two hits. Guy, Paityn Enos, Kaylin Goodman, Rylie Shafer, Hayden Cutler and Kenzie Shoemaker each collected a hit for the victors.

“We have been struggling with our bats lately and it was nice to see the intensity in our offense tonight,” Steig said.

The win marks the first time in the last 10 years that the Coyotes have defeated the Hornets.

The second game saw the Coyotes hold off a late game Hornet charge again to earn the victory.

After being tied 3-3 after three innings, Central Montcalm took a 4-3 lead via a home run.

But Reed City bounced right back with three runs in the top of the fifth frame for a 6-4 advantage,

The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Hornets scored a run to make the score 6-5.

“We used two pitchers tonight which helped out us,” Steig said. “Our defense has really been coming around. We just had a total team effort tonight. This team continues to impress and we are not done.”

Enos was the starting pitcher for Reed City in game two. She gave up four runs on six hits, struck out two and walked five in 3 ⅓ innings. Guy finished the game for the win allowing one run on one hit and struck out three.

Leading the way at the plate for the winners in the finale with one hit apiece were Guy, Kyleigh Weck and Myah Beard.

“This was by far our best outing of the season,” Steig said.

Reed City improves to 14-10 overall and 6-4 in the conference.