Reed City baseball team earns district title

Hammond's dramatic walkoff single leads RC over Mason County Central in semfinal game

Reed City's baseball team earned the district championship over the weekend.

Reed City's baseball team earned the district championship over the weekend.

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REED CITY – Max Hammond’s walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning led Reed City to a thrilling 3-2 district semifinal victory on Saturday over Mason County Central and eventually led the Coyotes to the tournament championship.

Reed City mercied Hart 10-0 in the title game in five innings and will play Pine River on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game, 4:30 p.m., at Mason County Central.

The comeback win over the host MCC team was as dramatic as it gets.

Hammond had two hits with a run score and an RBI, which was the walkoff single to win the game in bottom of the seventh. Reed City was the official home team although MCC was hosting the tournament.

Xavier Allen, Noah Morgan  and Trent Howell had base hits. Isiah Moore had two hits with an RBI. Isaac Williams had a hit and RBI.

Morgan went seven innings on the mound, gave up three hits and two runs while striking out nine.

Allen had a two-run home run and a solo homer in the title game. Reed City scored 11 runs on 10 hits. Treyvor Conklin had two hits, three runs scored and an RBI, and Hammond scored a run. Trent Howell had two hits and two RBIs, Isaac Williams and Bryce Wein also had two hits apiece. Morgan had a hit and run scored. Spencer Hansen had two RBIs.

Hammond was the winning pitcher. He walked three and struck out 11.

The Coyotes are 21-14-1 and play Pine River at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Mason County Central.

“The kids played great today,” Reed City coach Eric Grannis said. “Game one was fantastic and fun to watch. We were down by two going into the bottom of the fifth and slowly chipped away. We scored to tie it and Max had a walkoff hit with two outs in the seventh. Noah Morgan pitched fantastic. He didn’t give up many baserunners.

“We didn’t have an error on the day. We played great team baseball today.”

The Reed City-Pine River winner would meet on Saturday in the regional title game at Harbor Springs.

Hart beat Evart 10-8 in the other semifinal game.

Logan Witbeck went 6 2/3 on the mound for Evart, allowing six runs, all unearned, and struck out six.

Michael Lodholtz had two singles, Nathan Theunick had a single and RBI, Preston Wallace had a single and Witbeck had a single and two RBIs.

Evart ended its season at 9-11.

“We were super young and had four or five freshmen on the field most of the time,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “We’re losing only three seniors.”

Games on May 31

Reed City defeated Manistee in a Division 3 predistrict baseball game 11-4 on Tuesday May 31, at Mason County Central.

The Coyotes scored their 11 runs on only five hits.

Max Hammond had two hits including a solo home run. Xavier Allen had two hits including a two-run homer. Isaac Williams had a hit and two runs scored.

Hammond went five innings on the mound for the win. He gave up three hits and two runs and struck out 11. Noah Morgan came in the last two innings and gave up five hits, two runs and struck out two.

“I thought Max at times threw really well,” Reed City coach Eric Grannis said. “He got a little walk happy here and there and got a little frustrated. Once he got front and center, he threw the ball well. The same with Noah.”

Evart 12, Farwell 2

Evart 12, Farwell 0

Evart played Farwell in a pair of games on May 31 to get ready for Saturday’s district tourney.

In the 10-run victory in the first game, the winning pitcher was Riley Ransom. He struck out two batters and gave up six hits.

Evart hitters were Preston Wallace with two singles and two RBIs, Nolan Theunick with two singles, Michael Lodholtz with a triple and three RBIs, Daryian Reagan with two singles and an RBI. AJ Morgan and Lucas Johnson both had an RBI.

Jake Ladd was the winning pitcher in the second game. He went five innings and allowed four walks and two hits. Morgan had two singles. Theunick had two singles and an RBI. Reagan had three hits and an RBI.  Bryant Calderon had a double and two RBIs.                         
Pine River 20, Manton 3

This predistrict game ended after six innings on the mercy rule on Tuesday. Jordan Nelson went six innings and was the winning pitcher. He had 11 strikeouts and allowed three hits and one walk. Hoon Yang had an inside the park home run and three RBIs.

Nate Marks had two hits and an RBI. Cole Hill had three hits and two RBIs. Jordan Nelson had three hits, one RBI and a double. Dillon Blood had three hits with two RBIs.