Reed City baseball team roars to district championship

SCOTTVILLE — The dream season continued for Reed City’s baseball team on Saturday.

The Coyotes scored victories over McBain (12-1) and Mason County Central (4-1) to claim its first Division 3 district title since 2011.

“We got one of our goals this year to be conference champs,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “The second goal was to win 20 games. The third one was to win a district title. We’ve got some other goals ahead of us.”

The first game ended after five innings. Logan Straub was the winning pitcher in five innings. He struck out nine batters and allowed three hits and one unearned run.

Simon Moreno was 4-for-4 with a double and scored three times and had two stolen bases, Jeff Phenix had three hits with a double and scored two times, and had two RBIs and a walk.  Derrick Rasor had a double, a walk and one RBI.

The title game was tighter. Hunter Morrison went all seven innings as the winning pitcher and had 11 strikeouts, one walk and allowed only four hits and one unearned run.

Straub had a double and two RBIs while Moreno had one hit and one RBI and Cody Kailing had a hit and a sacrifice.

Stephen Shewan had one hit which scored Rasor in the bottom of the sixth for the team’s fourth run for a three-run cushion.

“The guys played really well,” Shaffer said. “Logan and Hunter pitched well, as they have all season. The first game, we had some really clutch hits. The second game, we played very well defensively and had just one error. It was a good day for baseball. Everyone played together. It was a good team effort.”

The Coyotes will play in the regional tournament Saturday at Morley Stanwood.

“We’re excited to be playing at Morley,” Shaffer said. “It will be close to us and we’ll have more fans. We’re pretty excited about it.”

The Coyotes will face Central State Activities Association foe Newaygo at 10 a.m. in the first semifinal game. The championship contest will be in the afternoon.