Reed City 13-14-year-old baseball team enjoys successful summer season

REED CITY —  A productive 13 to 14-year-old Little League junior division season is over for the Reed City baseball team and coach Tom Strach.

The team, sponsored by LeBaron’s Financial, ended the season with an 8-2 record. Teams Reed City played included Big Rapids, Fremont (two teams), Grant, Kent City (two teams) and White Cloud.

These teams were in the East Division of the Muskegon Little League. 

Reed City was second in the league behind Big Rapids.

“I don’t think Big Rapids lost a game this year,” Strach said.

The two teams played last Wednesday with Big Rapids taking a 3-0 victory.

Hunter Morrison was Reed City’s top pitcher.

“The last game against Big Rapids, Hunter had seven strikeouts,” Strach said. “He threw 98 pitches and just about got a complete game. He threw well. I had four pitchers I relied on.”

Brandon Wirth, Hunter Diehl were younger players on the team but impressed Strach with their pitching, along with Nate Worrall.

“Our first game we lost to Big Rapids, he was still playing high school ball,” Strach said. “I could have used him on the mound on that game.”

Adam Strach, Reed City’s catcher, had three putouts, two at second and one at third against Big Rapids, and improved as the season went on.

“He hit the ball quite well this year too,” Tom Strach said. “Ken Beemer hit the ball quite well. In fact I could name every kid on here. Once in awhile, you get that team that you enjoy coaching. This was it. All these kids did their job. They would work a pitch count.

“I’ve never seen kids this age where they’re not afraid to go 0-2 and work that pitcher. We chased many kids off  the mound. At this age, you’re playing three games a week. What impressed me with these kids was their talent at the bat. I was very happy with how they performed at the plate.”

Worrall was the only high school player. Hunter Morrison, Adam Strach, Hunter Mollohan and others will move to high school next year.

A memorable win was at Grant in a game shortened by rain.

“I look at the Grant team with athletic kids, and it looked like it would be a good game,” Strach said. “In the first inning, we got on them pretty big. When that game finally got called because of rain, it was 14-1. I didn’t see my kids letting up. (Grant) got through nine batters in three innings. that showed me what kind of team I was working with. It’s not just the scores but how well they hit at the plate.”

Reed City beat White Cloud 22-3.

“It was a lot of fun to coach them,” Strach said