Reed City edges Tri-County in rain-shortened doubleheader

REED CITY —  It was sunny in the skies for the most part at Reed City in the second inning of Monday’s summer softball doubleheader with Tri County.

The problem was over the field as dark clouds emptied a heavy 15-minute shower on the diamond, turning it into a muddy surface and ending what had been a delightful evening for the Rage, which is the nickname for Reed City’s summer team.

Olivia Lawson and Sidney Rushford shared the pitching duties in the first game. Skiler Brigham, Lindsey Greer, Emily and Haleigh Hobbs, Katianne Hansen, Oliva Lawson and Devin Willard had hits for Reed City. The second game got rained out after the second inning. Reed City was up 1-0.

Erin Scheidel pitched the first game for Tri County and Skylar Reed was in the circle the second frame.

“I’ve seen significant improvement this summer already,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “The young girls are coming along fast. The older girls are doing a good job of helping the younger girls come along.”

Reed City will play at Tri County July 28 and has a home game July 31 with Montabella. There were also LAT League games scheduled for the Coyotes Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at Bristol.

Cadillac 6-14, Reed City 3-0

Reed City lost a pair of LAT league games to Cadillac Tuesday at Bristol fields 6-3 and 14-0. Juliane Griffin was the losing pitcher in the first game and Sidney Rushford took the loss in the rematch.

In the first game, Reed City only had two hits, which included a two-run homer by Skiler Brigham.

“We’re batting 16 kids,” Steig said. “The games here we don’t put a lot of pressure on the girls. The most important part to me are the Sunday night practices we have, and I get to look at these games and see what the results are from the girls. I can see our pieces coming together.

“What’s more important here is the individual girl getting more experience and how well we execute individually. Hopefully when next spring comes to varsity season, this pays off for us. We’re looking at a lot of our varsity prospects for next year.”

Ally Yarger, a junior, has been working on her game during the summer. She likes the progress the team has been making especially when it comes to working together. She was a key player in the spring for the Coyotes.

This summer, Yarger has focused on volleyball and softball.

Summer softball, “I think will be very helpful,” she said. “I think (the 2015) team will be good.”