Reed City baseball team takes pair from Evart

EVART  — Reed City pulled out the two wins coach Marty Shaffer wanted Wednesday to gain momentum for the upcoming district tournament.

The Coyotes swept Evart 11-7 (six innings) and 19-3 (four inning) in a pair of nonleague games.

Logan Straub went five innings to get the win in the first game, striking out six and allowing a run. Straub had three hits, including a double, while Taylor Pelton had three hits and three RBIs. Ray Phenix had two hits.

Alex Brummel went four innings to pick up the win in the second game. Phenix had two hits, and three RBIs, plus three runs scored. Hunter Morrison had two hits and scored three times.

“We came together as a team,” Shaffer said. “We made some adjustments. The guys are learning. We have a lot of young kids. The younger guys are actually kind of leaders. The older guys realize we have some athletes and ballplayers.”

Reed City 8-24 was at Hart Tuesday to play Shelby in a predistrict game

“Everything is kind of coming together,” Shaffer said. “We’re trying to get on a roll before districts.”

Chris Imhoff had three hits while Cody Pritchard had two singles and an RBI in the first game for the Wildcats.

“I thought we were pretty evenly matched with them,” Evart coach Josh Johnson said. “I thought we’d compete a little better. We had mental mistakes. Even in that first game, we had one inning we gave up six runs with three errors and two walks in there. We played good baseball outside of those.”

Imhoff and Adam Zinger had two hits apiece in the second game.

“The second game, we had a lot of miscues,” Johnson said.

Reed City 8-11, Crossroads 3-3

BIG RAPIDS — The Reed City baseball team is heating up at the right time.

The Coyotes swept Crossroads Charter Academy on Thursday to improve to 5-1 in their past six games. They won 8-3 and 11-3, both in six innings.

Phenix allowed three hits and struck out 13 in six innings to win the opener, while Morrison also allowed three hits and struck out 13 in six innings to earn the win in the nightcap.

“We have some confidence now,” Shaffer said. “We’re throwing strikes. The guys are pounding the strike zone and that’s what our key is. We have to play clean baseball and have our pitchers pitch.”

Jeffrey Phenix and Straub each had two hits and an RBI in Game 1 for the Coyotes, while Gabe Miller had a double and RBI.

Teammate Derek Rasor was 3 for 5, including two doubles in Game 2, and Quinton Kichak was 3 for 3, including a double and RBI.

In the opener, CCA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Coyotes had a four-run third and four-run sixth to propel them.

Herald-Review sportswriter Ryan Zuke also contributed to this report.