REED CITY — The start of what Reed City coach Roger Steig hopes will be a productive summer for his softball team opened successfully on Wednesday at home.

Called the Reed City Rage, the summer team consists mostly of members for the 2019 spring Coyote squad.

In a home doubleheader, the Rage swept Mesick 4-1 and 8-1.

Maddie Morgan was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing one run on two hits, striking out five and walking four.

Leading hitters were Morgan, Cassie Enos and Lily Andres.

Veronica Lofquist was the winning pitcher of the second game. Allowing one run, no earned, plus three hits. She struck out eight and allowed no walks.

Morgan had two hits while Mady Brown, Riley Schafer, Enos, Andres and Mia Petersen also had hits.

“I’m pretty excited with this all-around,” Steig said. “It’s our first get-together for the summer and we played great ball. Our pitchers were effective.”

Morgan will return to the rotation as a pitcher next year. But the Coyotes need to replace two pitchers who have graduated: Sidni Rushford and Jordyn Storch.

“Lofquist is an incoming freshman, so that’s exciting,” Steig said.

The Coyotes are coming off their second straight championship season but have to replace several seniors such as Storch and Rushford.

Reed City plays at home every Wednesday for the next five weekends, excluding the Fourth of July week.