Reed City bats explode in recent softball games

REED CITY — The bats were booming for Reed City’s softball team in a pair of Central State Activities Association Gold Division games Friday.

The Coyotes swept Newaygo 16-1 in four innings in the first game and 17-9 in seven innings in the second.

Jules Griffin notched the win in the opener, walking one, striking out four and allowing three hits.

“Every girl in our lineup got at least one hit,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said.

That included Sidni Rushford with three hits and a two-run home run, the first of her career. Courtney Smith had two hits. Skiler Brigham blasted a three-run home run, the first of her career.

Also getting one hit for Reed City were Lindsey Greer, Olivia Lawson, Amy Squires, Katianne Hansen, Griffin and Ally Yarger.

Rushford was the winning pitcher in the second game, allowing seven hits and walking four in six innings and allowing nine runs. Griffin came in the seventh and picked up the save. Brigham had four hits, while Yarger and Rushford had three apiece. Griffin had two hits and Greer, Smith and Squires had one apiece.

“The second game, we scored nine runs in the first inning and jumped on them hard,” Steig said. “Our bats were really alive tonight. The girls hit the best we have all year.”

Reed City is 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the league,

Griffin “pitched the best she has all year,” Steig said. “She shut them right down.”

Reed City goes 1-2

TRAVERSE CITY — Reed City went 1-2 on Saturday in the Traverse City Invitational.

The Coyotes lost 16-1 to Traverse City West and 6-3 to Traverse City St. Francis. They had a 10-0 win over Roscommon in their third game.

Rushford threw a shutout in the third game. She had five strikeouts and gave up two hits.

For the tournament, Griffin had four hits while Smith and Yarger had three apiece. Brigham,  Lawson and Rushford had two hits each. Lindsey Greer and Hansen had one hit each.

Reed City is 7-4 and plays at Pine River Thursday night.