Heading for a split

THROWING STRIKES: Reed City's Jules Griffin fires in a pitch toward home plate during Thursday's doubleheader against Big Rapids. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
THROWING STRIKES: Reed City’s Jules Griffin fires in a pitch toward home plate during Thursday’s doubleheader against Big Rapids. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Big Rapids and Reed City softball battle in CSAA twinbill

REED CITY — Two well-played softball games resulted in a Central State Activities Association doubleheader split for Big Rapids and Reed City Thursday night. The Coyotes took the opener 3-1 but Big Rapids held on in the rematch 8-5. “It was a great game both games,” said Big Rapids coach Darcy Balahoski. “It was nice to split with them. The girls needed it. They played as a team very well tonight.” “The first game we played ball the way we’re capable of,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “The second game, we came out and made some mental errors we haven’t made in the last week and a half.” Reed City scored two runs in the second and one in the third. Big Rapids had one in the third. Jules Griffin, Heather Huss and Hanna Price had one hit apiece. Griffin was the winning pitcher, striking out three, giving up five hits and scoring one run. Kailey Hunt went six innings and allowed no earned runs for Big Rapids while striking out five and walking one. Kayla Chamberlain had two hits and scored a run. Emily Schlaupitz had two hits. Schlaupitz went four innings and allowed two hits and eight walks, while striking out three in the second game. Hunt went three innings and gave up one walk and two hits. Big Rapids had two runs in the first, two in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Coyotes had one in the first, three in the fourth and one in the seventh. Hunt had two hits and an RBI while Kelsey Cushway had one hit, two runs scored and an RBI double. “It’s finally starting to come together,” Balahoski said. “’We had good contact. They’re aggressive on the bases.” Griffin went the first five innings and walked three while striking out four and allowing six hits. Price went the last two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. “Mental errors hurt us in that game,” Steig said. “We gave up some costly runs. We got the bases loaded three times and couldn’t get that big hit to push runs in.” Skiler Brigham, Griffin, Lindsey Greer, Riley Lawson and Ally and Brittani Yarger had hits for the Coyotes. The Coyotes are 4-6 in the CSAA and 8-15 overall. Big Rapids, 4-10 in the conference, is home against Manistee on Monday. Reed City is home against Holton on Monday.