Pine River edges Reed City in districts, falls to McBain in championship contest

LEROY — Reed City’s softball season ended at 15-19 with a 10-9 loss to Pine River in semifinal round action Saturday in the Division 3 districts at Pine River.

Pine River lost 12-2 to McBain in the title game. McBain defeated Lake City 6-3 in the other semifinal.

Reed City took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. But Pine River scored three in the bottom of the first and two in the bottom of the second for a 5-5 tie. Reed City scored one run the top of the fifth for a 6-5 lead. In the bottom half of that inning, Pine River had three runs for an 8-6 advantage.

Reed CIty had one in the top of the sixth for an 8-7 score. In the top of the seventh, Taylor Steig had a double, Brittani Yarger a triple and Ally Yarger a hit to give the Coyotes a 9-8 lead. Pine River came back with a leadoff hit, and out and then three straight base hits to win the game.

Jenny Wickens got the winning two-run base hit for Pine River. She had three hits and three RBIs. Taylor Warner had a hit and three RBIs. Chelsey TerBurgh added three hits while Alyssa Johnson and Morgann Kanouse had two hits apiece.

“It was a tough loss,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “It was a game that was an indicator of the way the whole season went. We were able to manufacture runs but were unable to held (opponents) in the end.”

Julianne Griffin was the losing pitcher for the Coyotes, walking two, striking out six and allowing 10 runs on 14 hits.

Lindsey Greer and Ally Yarger had three hits apiece for Reed City. Steig, Brittani Yarger and Griffin had two hits apiece.

“I think our best three games of the year were all against Reed City,” said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. “They came out on top of us in a doubleheader and we came out on top Saturday. That was a great way for our last win of the season. It was awesome. McBain beat us and was the better team on that day. That Reed City win was our biggest win of the entire season. I was proud of how our kids played.”

Alexis Stokely was the winning pitcher. She struck out three and walked three while allowing 10 hits.

“We gave our everything to come out on top of Reed City,” Mumby said, “What a great game.”

Pine River ends the year at 9-19.

“We knew this would be a rebuilding year for us,” Mumby said. “We said at the beginning if we play up to our potential and win games we should win, we’ll be awfully proud of ourselves. We definitely did that Saturday against Reed City.”

McBain fired out to an 11-0 lead over the Bucks after three innings, Pine River scored twice in the fourth and McBain once in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Stokely took the loss for Pine River and was relieved by Brooke Pennington. Wickens had two hits for the Bucks.