Reed City baseball team sweeps Morley Stanwood

REED CITY — Reed City continues to win baseball games, and timely hitting from the likes of Simon Moreno has been among the reasons.

Moreno had a grand slam in an 11-2 victory for Reed City in the second game of a non-league doubleheader on May 30 over Morley Stanwood.

Reed City won the first game 6-2.

Moreno had a walk-off home run over Central Montcalm late in the  season in a win that helped the Coyotes move on to gain a share of the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title. He’s had four home runs this season.

“It was right down the middle,” Moreno said of his home run after the game. ‘I didn’t think it was going to go out. I thought it went too high.”

His walk-off homer remains his favorite memory this season.

“We played pretty good,” Moreno said. “We have to stay focused and keep hitting the ball.”

Moreno indicated he’s hitting the ball better this season than he expected.

“I changed my swing a little bit,” he said.

In the first game, Brandon Wirth was the winning pitcher. He went six innings and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out eight. Hunter Morrison had three strikeouts in the seventh.

Logan Straub and Jeffery Phenix both had two hits and one RBI. Wirth had two hits and three RBIs.

The second game ended after five innings. Cody Kailing was the winning pitcher. Cameron Austin, Phenix and Straub also saw pitching action

Moreno had three hits overall. Phenix had a home run. Derrick Rasor had a hit and walk.

“We came into the game just wanting to get some more games in before the district,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We’ve been kind of on a high. We won the conference and played some good games last week against White Cloud and Cadillac. (Tuesday night) we played well and pitched well.

“We didn’t throw anybody long that we’ll use at district,” Shaffer said. “Overall, I was pleased. We stayed in the game and were focused. We came into this thinking we wanted to get more wins.”

Reed City won the district title on Saturday.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Shaffer said. “We’re rolling, I feel like.”

Morley Stanwood ended the regular season 23-11.

Jason Ambler had a two-run home run in the first game against Reed City. He was the losing pitcher in the first game.

“We didn’t have a lot of stats on our side,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said.

Pine River 11, Hart 1

Pine River won a predistrict game at Mason Central on Tuesday against Hart. Mason Powell had two hits and three RBIs. Andrew Park had a double and RBI. Raden Holmes and Luke Hill both had a single and RBI. Tristen Nelson pitched four innings and didn’t allow a earned run. He fanned seven batters.