Reed City-Evart girls go 0-2 at state tourney

Softball: Josie Hoppes of Reed City-Evart works on her pitching during a practice last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Softball: Josie Hoppes of Reed City-Evart works on her pitching during a practice last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — The Reed City-Evart 9-10-year-old All-Star softball team made the long journey to Escanada last weekend and returned to the Lower Peninsula this week after falling twice.

Friday’s action was rained out as was Sunday’s. Reed City-Evart lost 13-0 on Saturday to Jackson.

Amanda Grant, Reed City-

Evart coach, said the game ended after her team’s at bats the top of the fourth. She entered the game realizing it would be a huge challenge to hold down the Jackson offense and indicated that all things considered, her girls did fine.

“I was happy with the defense of my girls,” she said.

Josie Hoppes threw the first inning and Claudia Francke went the next two.

The same two girls pitched Monday in a 14-0 loss to Hillman.

Reed City-Evart, for the second straight game, was unable to get a base hit. Grant said Jenelle Costello connected with the ball, but not for a hit.

“Our pitching was good, our fielding was good,” Grant said. “We had a great experience and we learned a lot. We really need to work on a lot of things and get more aggressive in our training.”

Last Wednesday, the team, with 10-players, closed its practice session at Roth Field. Three games were originally scheduled for pool play but the weather switched it to single elimination. There were 16 in the tournament.

Grant said her girls had three practices a week for a month.

“We scrimmaged the Majors and had a scrimmage with Big Rapids,” she said.