Morley Stanwood picks up sweep with pitching, crafty base running against Reed City

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood got the solid pitching, crafty base running and timely hitting to earn a 6-1 and 7-1 sweep over Reed City Tuesday night in the weather-delayed season opener for both Central State Activities Association baseball teams. Chase Huntey and Andy Molitor combined for the pitching win in the first game while Tim Cairnduff went all seven innings to take the victory in the second game for the Mohawks. Huntey went four innings in the opener and allowed one earned run — a home run by Reed City’s Austin Hansen. Molitor went the final three innings and picked up the win, allowing no runs. He and Huntey recorded eight strikeouts apiece. Huntey had three hits, including a double for the Mohawks. Tanner Havens had two hits and an RBI, Mike Carey had a double and an RBI, Cory Near added a double and Tom Carey and Cody Hollister had a single for Morley Stanwood. Cairnduff allowed six hits and struck out 10 batters in the second game. Near had a double and Mike Carey, Huntey and Hollister had singles. The Mohawks were 8-of-8 on stolen base attempts in the second game and scored three times on wild pitches or passed balls. Hollister was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded, followed by an RBI walk to Levi Arnold in the fifth. “We were able to advance around the basepaths,” said Morley Stanwood coach Josh Bull. “Look at the number of stolen bases in the game, that and advancing on wild pitches was a big advantage for us.” Ryan Willis was the losing pitcher in the first game, allowing six runs and striking out three. Sean Woodside pitched one inning. “First time out and I figured we’d make some errors on the field,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel. “We got outside (Monday) but that was the first time as a team. It’s early in the year, but Morley put the ball in play and we didn’t. I told the kids before the game that the team that makes the least amount of mistakes will win .” Hansen, who also had a base hit, belted his first varsity homer. Ray Phenix was the losing pitcher in the second game. Taylor Weiss and Jordan Straub had hits while Ricky Droke had a double that cut the Morley Stanwood lead to 2-1 during the second game. “I thought we threw all right,” Shankel said. “We had a couple of crucial errors, walked some guys in and had some passed balls. The bottom line is we didn’t hit the ball.” Reed City is in action on Thursday at Pine River. “I told the kids we’re not making any excuses,” Shankel said. “We need to take stuff a little more serious.” Morley Stanwood is home today against Traverse City West. “One thing opening day gives you is a lot of things you can work on to fix,” Bull said. “We’ve only been outside, I think this is the eighth time. But I was pleased with our effort. There’s a lot of areas in which we can improve. Overall, I’m not complaining. When you allow two earned runs in 14 innings, I think you’ll take that as a coach.”