Reed City baseball team opens season with win over Bucks

REED CITY — It’s extremely young in the baseball season ,but both Reed City and Pine River baseball coaches saw some promise on Friday in a nonleague twinbill.

Reed City won the first game, 10-8, while the second ended in the middle of the fourth at 2-2, and was called because of darkness.

“It was our first time outside and it got a little chilly for us,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We’re happy to be playing. We had some adversity in the first game. We got down, came back and kept battling.”

Simon Moreno had three hits for the Coyotes with a home run and two singles and three runs scored. Logan Straub had a hit and three walks. Jeffrey Phenix had two hits and two RBIs while Cody Kailing had two hits, a walk and three RBIs.

Kailing was the winning pitcher while Straub picked up the save. Hunter Morrison started. Tristen Nelson took the loss for Pine River in the first game, allowing two earned runs and three hits, plus four walks, while striking out two. Masahiro Ogawa had four hits and two RBIs, while Nelson had two hits, plus an RBI. Lane Ruppert had a triple and double.

In the abbreviated second game, Ogawa had a triple and RBI and Tyler Signor had a single and an RBI for Pine River. Reed City was ahead 2-1 after three before the Bucks tied it in the fourth.

Morrison had two hits with two stolen bases and scored twice. Moreno and Derrick Rasor both had two walks. Rasor had an RBI.

“I’m pretty excited at what we saw,” Shaffer said. “We have some talent and guys who have been around the program for awhile. It’s nice to see them come back and put some games together.”

It was the opener for Reed City, while Pine River is 1-1.

“We had a couple of big errors in the first game,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “The big inning is when we had bases loaded in the fourth with nobody out and we didn’t score. We struck out three times.”

Ruppert was happy to get in his team’s first game action since spring break.

“We had quite a few guys throw,” he said.

On Thursday, Pine River is at Gladwin and Reed City at Newaygo.

“With the new pitch count rule, we were trying to limit the amount of pitches we did,” Shaffer said.