Mohawks ground Coyotes
Morley Stanwood uses the long ball to sweep Reed City
REED CITY — Mekayla Carey’s bat led a very solid hitting attack Friday for Morley Stanwood.
The Mohawks built a solid lead in the first contest of a softball doubleheader with Central State Activities Association (CSAA) rival Reed City and held back a late-game rally by the host Coyotes to post a 17-15 victory.
In the second game, Carey, who had a grand-slam homer in the opener, added two more round-trippers plus six RBIs in a 12-4 Mohawk win.
Morley Stanwood improved to 4-2-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the CSAA. The Coyotes fell to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the CSAA.
“It seemed they were hungry at the plate,” Morley Stanwood coach Andrea Raven said of her offense. “They were looking for good pitches to hit and they were aggressive.”
Carey, with three over-the-fence homers, now has four home runs.
“I felt I could find the ball easily,” Carey said. “I think they were all fastballs. I hit the sweet spot.”
Reed City found itself in a deep hole to start off both games.
“Both games, I don’t know if we came out too nervous or not focused enough,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Both games, they jumped out early. We have to learn to play the first half of the game.”
The Mohawks built a 13-5 lead in the top of the fourth and extended it by four runs on Carey’s grand slam homer. Reed City pitcher Julianne Griffin shut out the Mohawks the rest of the way.
Reed City came back with six runs the bottom of the fourth. Taylor Steig walked and scored on a wild pitch. Skiler Brigham doubled home two runs and Ashley Andres had an RBI bounceout. Lindsey Greer drilled a two-run double, making it 17-11. In the fifth, Brittany Cassidy had an RBI single and Greer an RBI double to spark a three-run inning, making it 17-14.
Hayley Pollaski came in to relieve Mohawk starter Mallory Raven the bottom of the sixth. The Coyotes loaded the bases and scored a run. A double-play helped the Mohawks retire the Coyotes in the bottom of the seventh.
Carey had two hits while Lindsey Veersma had a three-run homer plus two singles. Brandee Malloy, Felicia Sparks and Mallory Raven had two hits apiece.
Mallory Raven got the win, striking out five batters in five innings.
“Mallory struggled (Friday) on the mound,” Andrea Raven said. “That didn’t help our defense. But to have Hayley Pollaski come in and settle things down in the later innings, it was nice to see her step up and contribute like that.”
For Reed City, Griffin took the loss, going all seven innings, striking out six, walking two and allowing 11 hits. Greer had four hits, including a triple and double, plus four RBIs. Steig, Brigham and Cassidy had two hits apiece. Brigham had two doubles. Brittany Yarger and Ashley Andres had one hit apiece.
In the nightcap, Carey had a two-run homer in the first, and a three-run homer in the second and followed that up with an RBI double, giving the Mohawks a 9-0 lead after three innings. Mallory Raven belted her first homer of the season in the fifth. The Coyotes scored four runs in the fifth on RBI doubles from Greer and Steig, a throwing error and Griffin’s RBI bounceout, making it 10-4. Malloy’s two-run single in the top of the seventh gave the Mohawks two insurance runs.
Carey had four hits and six RBIs while Mallory Raven added four hits, Veersma add two singles. Malloy had four hits including two doubles.
“Offensively, we did really well,” Carey said. “I’m really proud of our team and what we did.”
Pollaski struck out two and gave up eight hits in going all seven innings.
For Reed City, Griffin and Olivia Lawson had two hits apiece. Griffin allowed three walks and 12 hits while striking out eight.
“We were having a rough time getting started right,” Greer said. “We came back at the end. We started the season strong and have kind of lost it a little bit.”
Morley Stanwood plays at home Tuesday against Hesperia. Reed City is at the Clare tournament Saturday.