REED CITY — It was a tough start for the Reed City-Evart Little League baseball team in the 11-12-year districts Monday night.

Reed City-Evart was at home against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer and lost 16-0 in a first-round district game.

Reed City-Evart coach Ryan Hansen said his all-star team was selected from a combination of three Reed City and two Evart squads from the regular season.

The team is in a district that consists of Reeths-Puffer, Morley, Big Rapids and White Lake.

On Monday, Trevor Woodard, Gavin Wirth and Tayton Hansen were among the pitchers Ryan Hansen used. Because the team is playing Wednesday, Hansen said he limited each pitcher to 35 pitches or less of mound time. That would make them eligible for Wednesday’s game.

Woodard had a double and Hansen a single against Reeths-Puffer.

“Coming in, you never know how these kids will do,” Ryan Hansen said. “They have to come on so quickly. You don’t know how they will develop. Reeths-Puffer had a dominant player.”

He was referring to Reeths-Puffer’s pitcher Carson Aerts. “He kept our kids off balance and threw hard,” Hansen said. “We struggled to put the ball in play.”

Reed City, after playing Big Rapids, is at White Lake Friday and at Morley Stanwood Monday to complete pool play.

“We haven’t played the Big Rapids all-star team yet this year,” Hansen said. “Both of our teams were at a Gladwin tournament, but we didn’t play each other.”