Reed City, Evart split doubleheader

Coyotes prepare for district game on Thursday

Reed City second baseman Spencer Hansen (6) tags out Evart's Michael Lodholtz during Friday's nonleague twinbill.

Reed City second baseman Spencer Hansen (6) tags out Evart's Michael Lodholtz during Friday's nonleague twinbill.

John Raffel

EVART – Two high school neighbors just 13 miles apart decided to play some nonleague baseball on Friday and the result was a split between Reed City and Evart.

The Coyotes took the first game 12-1 in five innings while Evart took the second 11-6 in six innings.

For Reed City, Treyvor Conklin had two hits and two RBIs, Max Hammond had a hit and run scored, Xavier Allen had two hits with a run scored and an RBI, Isaac Williams had three hits with an RBI and a run scored, Bryce Wein had a hit and Noah Morgan had a hit with two runs scored. Spencer Hansen had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Allen went five innings and allowed four hits, no earned runs and had nine strikeouts.

In the second game, Conklin had two hits with an RBI, Landon Jackson and Hammond both had a hit and run scored, Allen had two hits and one RBI, Williams had two hits and four RBIs, Morgan had two hits with a run scored and Hansen had a hit.

Canyon Reed was on the mound and went two innings with three hits allowed and a strikeout. Isaac Williams went three innings and allowed five hits and had three strikeouts.

“I thought game one, we hit the ball well and played pretty good defense,” Reed City coach Eric Grannis said. “Xavier threw pretty well on the mound. In game two, the kids had a little bit of fun since it’s our last regular season game before districts. We put some kids out of position.”

For Evart in the nightcap, Preston Wallace had two singles while Sean Jackson, Jake Ladd and Michael Lodholtz had doubles. Marcel White, Lucas Johnson and JJ Morgan had one single apiece.
“I like the way we rebounded in that second game,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “We didn’t play very good in the first game. We played much better in game two and hit the ball quite a bit better and made a few more plays. It’s better to go into Memorial Day with a split instead of two losses.”

Reed City plays a district game at Mason County Central on Tuesday against Manistee. The winner faces MCC in a district semifinal game on Saturday. Evart has a home twinbill against Farwell on Tuesday and will then face Hart at Mason County Central on Saturday in a district semifinal game.

“I think we’re definitely improving,” Johnson said. “I think we’re playing pretty good baseball at the time we should be. If you would have seen us from the beginning of the year to now, we’re a completely different team.”

Pine River 9, Roscommon 1

Pine River 11, Roscommon 1

LEROY – Jordan Nelson was the winning pitcher in the first Highland Conference game. He went six innings and had eight strikeouts and three walks. He allowed three hits. Ben Lockhart and Nathan Marks both had singles and two RBIs.

In the second game, Braeden Larr had two hits. Marks had a single and two RBIs. Cole Hill and Nelson both had singles with two RBIs.

Pine River is 16-9 overall and 9-3 in the league and has finished second behind Beal City.

Pine River is home for a predistrict game on Tuesday.