REED CITY — It appeared the Reed City softball team would have to settle for a split Thursday.

But Amanda Steig and Emma Lockhart had a different ending in mind.

The Coyotes won the opener against Mesick Thursday 6-0 in a non-league doubleheader. They were down 7-1 early in the game and were trailing 8-6 going into the bottom of the seventh with two outs. But Steig delivered a two-run double to tie the game and Lockhart added a single to win it 9-8 for the Coyotes.

“We’ve been working all year on focus,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We battled back and got our bats going. We just had to hit the ball.”

Sam McDonald was the starting pitcher and allowed five hits while striking out two.

McDonald said she’s improved “a good amount from last year. I know I have a defense behnd me and my catcher behind the plate does a good job. I have confidence in them and throw the ball.”

McDonald said she’s been working on her changeup.

Courtney Morgan came in the third inning and went the rest of the way to get the win. She allowed seven hits and four walks and struck out two.

Steig wound up with two doubles while McDonald had four hits and Sydni Arnold, Lockhart and Taylor Steig had two hits apiece. Alex Baughan, Sam Bonnett and Ali Stieg delivered a hit apiece.

McDonald said she’s been hitting the ball “decent. I have my off days. When I do, my tam is there to back me up.”

Morgan was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing four hits. McDonald, Lockhart, Amanda Steig and Ally Stieg had one hit apiece.

“We played really good defensively,” McDonald said. “We had our bats going and we played together as a team. We pick each other up. We work more together as a team this year.”

“We hit the ball from the top of the order to the bottom,” said Roger Steig. “I was really excited about the bottom part of our order coming through.”

Reed City is 16-12 and played Manton Tuesday at Evart in a pre-disdtrict game.

“We want to finish strong,” McDonald said. “We have to go get game one. It’s a pretty good district. We drew a good team.”