RC softball finishes second in CSAA

REED CITY — A pair of wins for Reed City's softball team last Thursday at Holton ended the Coyotes' season in the Central State Activities Association at 14-2 for second place, one game behind champion Morley Stanwood.

The Coyotes scored 5-4 and 8-4 wins over Holton.

Courtney Morgan was the winning pitcher in both games. In the opener, she fanned two batters while also getting two hits. Skiler Brigham and Taylor Steig had three and two hits respectively for Reed City.

In the nightcap, Morgan struck out five batters. Ally Steig stroked a bases-loaded double to spark a six-run inning in favor of the Coyotes.

Reed City's softball team was 0-3 on Saturday at the Portland Invitational.

The Coyotes lost 12-2 to Portland and by the same score to Grand Ledge. In the final game, the Coyotes fell to Owosso 9-6.

In the first game, Morgan was the losing pitcher, walking two, striking out one and allowing six runs on three hits. Sam McDonald came in relief and walked three. Taylor Steig and Skiler Brigham had one hit each.

Amanda Steig was the losing pitcher against Grand Ledge, walking three, striking out four and giving up nine runs on 10 hits. Morgan came in relief, walking one and allowing one hit and three runs Emma Lockhart and Taylor Steig had two hits apiece. Amanda Steig and Sydney Arnold had a hit apiece.

In the final game, Morgan took the loss, walking one, striking out one and giving up three hits. Steig came in relief and walked three. She struck out five and allowing six runs on seven hits.

Amanda Steig, Arnold and Brigham had three hits apiece. Lockhart, McDonald, Morgan and Taylor Steig also had hits.

“We were beat up going into these games with all of our injuries,” said Reed City coach Roge Steig. Our pitching struggled all day.”

Reed City, 24-9, played Tuesday at Pine River against the host school in the Division 3 predistricts.

“This is a good group of kids we're working with,” Steig said. “I'm sure we'll regroup and bring our A game into the playoffs.”

Manistee rolled to a 10-2 win in the opener, but Reed City held on for a 4-3 win in the five-inning second game to salvage a split of a non-league doubleheader on May 23.

The Chippewas (24-9) pulled within a run in the final inning of the second game and had a runner on second with no outs, but the Coyotes wiggled out of the jam and completed a double play to end the game.

“In tight ballgames, our ladies have done that all year long,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “They’ve shown the ability to come through in the clutch situation and that was just another time that they did. It wasn’t surprising that they did that.”

Amanda Steig took the loss and gave up 11 hits with one strikeout in the second game. She also hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning.

“With eight days in a row off ... I think it had a big effect,” Roger Steig said. “We made a few mental mistakes we don’t normally make and a few fielding errors and base running errors. We talked about it between games and the girls came back in the second game ready to play ball. And, we played ball like we can play ball.”

The Coyotes scored three unearned runs in the first inning and never trailed.

Morgan got the win after allowing six hits and striking out one. Amanda Steig had two hits.

The second game was limited to five innings because some Manistee players had baccalaureate to attend. Reed City got what proved to be the winning run in the top of the fifth inning.

Matt Wenzel of the Pioneer News Network contributed to this story.