Evan Stieg earns all-CSAA baseball honors

REED CITY — The Central State Activities Association (CSAA) baseball season concluded recently with Reed City finishing third at 10-5-1. The efforts of one Reed City player on the first team, two on the second unit and two on the honorable mention list played no small role for the Coyotes’ success under first-year coach Scott Shankel.

Evan Stieg earned first team honors while Alex Repo and Codie Strach were on the second team and Josh Justin and Trevor Mund made the honorable mention list.

Stieg, a senior pitcher, was 7-3 with 26 earned runs and an ERA of 2.68. He fanned 88 batters and had two shutouts.

“He was our No. 1 pitcher and we’re a different team without him on the mound,” said Shankel.

Repo, a senior centerfielder, batted .370 to lead the team and also had three doubles, two triples and 13 RBIs. He led the team in hits with 40.

“He was our leadoff hitter and was by far our most consistent hitter all year long,” Shankel said. “Like Evan, if we don’t have him in the lineup, we’re a different team.”

Strach had 101 at bats and led the team in walks with 21 and scored 27 runs. He batted 347 with 35 hits including six doubles and two triples, plus four home runs and 22 RBIs.

On the mound, Strach was 8-5-1 and had three shutouts plus a no-hitter to his credit.

“He was our No. 2 pitcher,” Shankel said. “He’s a junior so we’re expecting a lot from him next year. He hit the ball hard all year long.”

Justin, a senior, scored 23 runs and had 35 hits with seven doubles and one home run and had 24 RBIs. He batted .333 and had 10 stolen bases. As a pitcher, he was 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA. “He came in and gave us some good innings,” Shankel said. “He bounced around in the infield for me, wherever we needed him. He was versatile. He’ll be a hard player to replace.”

Mund played various positions, but mainly catcher and second base. He walked 18 times and had one double, 13 RBIs and batted .299.

“He’s a very coachable kid,” Shankel said. “We’re looking for big things from him coming back next year. He was my No. 9 hitter but there would be a lot of situations where he’d battle against the pitcher and find us a way to get us back to the top of the order where we could do some damage.”

Reed City also won the Division 3 district and wound up as regional finalist.