Reed City baseball ties for first
REED CITY — Reed City (14-10, 9-3) has tied Big Rapids for a share of first place in the Central State Activities Gold Division after Friday's dramatic 5-4 and 4-2 sweep over Central Montcalm.
Brandon Wirth was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out eight, allowing four hits and walking none. Derrick Rasor had a dramatic grand slam homer late in the game to give Reed City the win. Logan Straub had three walks and three stolen bases.
Hunter Morrison, who was injured in the first game, came back to pitch the nightcap and take the win. Reed City was trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Dylan Hooper was hit by a pitch, Wirth singled and Simon Moreno smacked a dramatic walk-off home run.
"We came off a high from beating Big Rapids in the conference on Tuesday," Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. "These games (vs. Central Montcalm) were very big for staying in the conference running for a championship. The kids came out and played very well. We had some great pitching from Brandon Wirth and Hunter Morrison, and some timely hitting.
"We didn't have any errors. We played team baseball and came through in the clutch. This is really fun to be a part of. With Hunter Morrison getting hurt and then throwing as well as he did in the second game. Simon struck out earlier in the game but never gave up."
Reed City was at Beal City on Tuesday but is home vs. Tri County on Thursday to end the league season. Big Rapids plays Newaygo on Wednesday. The Coyotes would seal at least a tie for the title with a sweep over Tri County.
"We're playing good baseball at a good time," Shaffer said. "We haven't peaked yet but we're on our way up. It feels good to be playing at the end of the year for a conference title. We're looking forward to (this) week. We hope to have a good week and hopefully celebrate a conference championship in Reed City for the first time in quite awhile."