Manistee sweeps Coyotes

By Matt Wenzel

Pioneer News Network

MANISTEE — Brandon Dooley made a change in his delivery this season and it continues to pay off.

The Manistee senior turned in another quality start by throwing a two-hit shutout in a 10-0 series-opening win against Reed City on Wednesday. Dooley also finished what he started by getting the final out in a 5-3 victory to complete the sweep.

The Chippewas (17-12) scored two in the second inning, then plated seven in the third on two hits and six walks. That was more than enough offense for Dooley.

Sean Woodside started on the mound for the Coyotes (15-16) and lasted just one inning. Josh Saez threw 1 1/3 innings of relief and Eric Reed went the rest of the way while striking out two.

Codie Strach and Dylan Kichak each had a double to represent Reed City’s lone hits.

“It took us a while to wake up,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel. “Even in the second game, we were still not with it.

“If you don’t hit the ball, it’s hard to score runs.”

Manistee jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, added one in the second and two in the fifth, and then held off a late rally as Reed City scored three in the sixth.

Mike Barton allowed three earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and eight walks over six innings.

“I thought Mike pitched a great second game,” Shankel said, “and in all honesty, these kids don’t see the mound a lot.”

Kichak had two hits and an RBI, Saez had two hits and scored a run and Jordon Rolston singled in a run.

For the series, Manistee made just one error and allowed just eight Reed City hits.

On Thursday, the Coyotes lost a pair of Central State Activities Association (CSAA) games to Holton 4-2 and 11-0.

In the first game, Strach took the loss but fanned eight batters and allowed just two hits. Strach, Glen Ryder and Dylan Kichak had hits for Reed City.

In the second game, the Coyotes had one hit from Strach.