RC baseball, softball teams ready for busy slate
REED CITY – It was a good way to end a short week for the Reed City baseball team.
The Coyotes swept Central Montcalm 10-5 and 4-0 in Central State Activities Association action on Friday on the road.
Evan Stieg struck out 12 batters and threw a five-hitter while hurling the opener for the Coyotes. Dillon Kichak had three hits for Reed City while Mike Buss, Josh Justin, Stieg and Codie Strach collected two apiece. Justin was credited for three RBIs.
In the second game, Strach hurled a two-hitter while fanning nine batters. Justin, Miniear, Mund and Strach had base hits for the Coyotes.
Reed City is home Wednesday against Morley Stanwood and is at Manton on Thursday. The Coyotes are at Mason County Central on Saturday.
Coach Scott Shankel acknowledged that the Coyotes will be challenged with plenty of games in upcoming weeks.
“I think we’ll be all right,” he said. “The only games we’ve played we’ve used Stieg and Strach. The first game I had a couple of kids throw. This week we’ll have a couple of kids throw.”
While the baseball team fared well at Central Montcalm, the softball team did not. The Coyotes fell 9-3 and 6-4 to the Green Hornets.
Reed City is 6-2 and 4-2 in the CSAA. Amanda Steig had a triple and Alex Baughan, Emma Lockhart, Courtney Morgan and Ally Stieg added hits.
Sam McDonald was credited with three hits, including a pair of doubles, in the second game for the Coyotes. Chelsea Goodman and Lockhart had two hits apiece.
“They were real tough,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We didn’t play our best ball for sure. Their program has certainly improved.”
Reed City is home Wednesday against Morley Stanwood, at Manton on Thursday and has the five-team Reed City Invitational on Saturday. Action starts at 9 a.m. with a double elimination format.
Games will be on the two softball fields to the north and south of the high school.
“We need to be playing a lot,” Stieg said. “I credit our loss Friday to the fact it had been eight games since we’ve been in a game. We made some errors and our timing was bad. We just need to be playing ball.”