Reed City baseball team falls in doubleheader to Big Rapids

REED CITY — The Big Rapids baseball team picked up a pair of wins over Reed City on Friday, improving to 8-13.

The Cardinals took the first game 11-4 and the second 11-5.

For the Coyotes, Hunter Morrison was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Gabe Miller had a hit and a walk in the first game.

Logan Straub took the loss, striking out six and allowing six earned runs.

In Game 2, Tim Thebo was the winning pitcher, going 4 2/3 innings. He also was 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run.

Maverick Steffis had a two-run home run, while Dakota Sanders had two hits.

Reed City’s brother duo of Jeffrey and Ray Phenix had two hits apiece. Straub had a home run, two RBIs and scored twice.

“We are rebuilding this season, for sure,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We are a young group, so we are looking forward to the future. We are an emotional team, too.”

The Coyotes drop to 4-17.

“Our plan is to keep working hard,” Shaffer said, “get our baseball knowledge up and try to sneak some wins later in the season and hit the postseason with a hot streak.”

The Coyotes split with Grant on May 5, losing 2-0 and winning 9-4.

“We’ve been starting to play some much cleaner baseball lately, not too many errors,” Shaffer said. “The first game we played really well, we just didn’t hit. We’re just trying to change the culture. The kids came out, played really well the first game. Second game, we turned around and hit the ball.”

Ray Phenix was 3-for-3, including a double and two RBIs in Game 2 for Reed City, while Straub doubled, singled and drove in one. Taylor Pelton had two hits and an RBI.

“We really rely on Straub, Phenix and Pelton to produce for us, and they all hit well,” Shaffer said. “If they hit the ball as catalysts, we can score a lot of runs. They’re older, have been on varsity, so whatever they do, we follow.”