Gray's clutch hitting and pitching leads Evart past Ludington for Reed City softball title

Pine River defeats Evart in consolation game

REED CITY – Addy Gray came up huge in the batter’s box and on the mound to spark Evart to first-place softball honors in Saturday’s Reed City Cross Roads Invitational.

In the title game against Ludington, a 1-0 Evart win, the Wildcats took the lead the top of the seventh on Gray’s RBI double. She got out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh when Ludington had runners on first and third with no outs. Gray struck out the next three batters.

Gray had two hits. He scattered three hits and had 16 strikeouts.

“I’m very proud of them,” Evart coach Amanda Brown said. “It’s probably one of the better pitchers we’ve seen all season. We played good ball today.”

“We played pretty well, especially when our bats showed up,” junior infielder Riley Brigham said. 

“The first game didn’t go as well as we wanted to as we made a couple of errors,” freshman outfielder Kylynn Thompson said. “We turned it around in the second game and showed more confidence.”

Evart rallied over Pine River in the first semifinal game 6-5. Skylar Baumgardner and JoJo Tiedt had two hits each for Evart

“We played really good ball today,” Pine River coach Mike Nelson said. “We’ve been in kind of a slump. We gave Evart a good ballgame. They scored in the bottom of the seventh. The kids played tough. The pitching was tough.

“We’ve struggled having two good games back-to-back, but we did it against Reed City.”

Pine River won over Reed City 10-5.

In the first round, RC lost to Ludington 9-5.

“We out hit Ludington 10-8 but the combination of seven errors and eight walks was too much to overcome,” RC coach Roger Steig said.

Paityn Enos took the loss as she went seven innings, allowed eight hits and nine runs with one earned run while striking out six. Leading hitter in the game was Paityn Enos with three hits, while Rylie Shafer and Kyleigh Weck each had two hits. Hannah Stellini and Kenzie Shoemaker had one hit each.

In the second game, to Pine River, Reed City fell behind early and was unable to come back. Paityn Enos took the loss, going seven innings allowing 12 hits and 10 runs while striking out four. Hitters in the game with one hit each were Paityn Enos, Kyleigh Weck, Myah Beard and Hannah Stellini.

For Pine River against Reed City, Sadler Mumby was the winning pitcher for the Bucks. Madi Sparks had three hits including two doubles and five RBIs.

The team’s season record is 16-14 and the conference record is 8-4.

“Today was a tough day for us,” Steig said. “But we were out of sync. We’ve been using the same pitcher (Isabell Guy) for both games. Paityn Enos had only her second start. She kept us in the game.”

“You always have wins and losses but we couldn’t get going today,” Enos said.

 Pine River and Reed City play each other in a district semifinal game on June 4.

On Tuesday, Reed City is at Fremont.

“Right now, we’re in second place in the conference,” Steig said. “If we win the two games over Fremont we’ll wind up in second place.”