Reed City facing tough upcoming challenges

REED CITY — It was a tough outing Thursday for Reed City’s baseball and softball squads, but the Coyotes are looking to bounce back with a full slate of games this week.

Both teams were on the road Tuesday with Morley Stanwood in Central State Activities Association action and have a non-league game Thursday at Mason County Central. They are both home Friday in CSAA action against Central Montcalm.

Reed City’s softball team is 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.

“Morley was ranked eighth in state and unbeaten in conference also, so we’re expecting a tough ball game,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We didn’t finish last week on a good note. I don’t want to take anything from Pine River.

“We played our poorest game of the year. They brought out all of our weaker points. We had a good practice Friday and worked on all the things we felt needed to be worked on.”

Action on Friday at Holton was rained out.

The Coyote softball team swept Hesperia 6-5 and 16-5 in home games on April 17. In the first game, the Coyotes rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the win. Cierra Engstrom started off with a single and the Coyotes went on from there for two runs.

Sam McDonald won the game in relief. She fanned two of the final four outs.

Courtney Morgan was the winning pitcher in the second game. Sydney Arnold had three hits for Reed City while Amanda Steig added two.

The Coyote baseball squad swept Hesperia 11-1 and 9-7. Codie Strach was the winning pitcher in the first game, going six innings striking out 10 batters and allowing three hits. Eric Grannis and Shawn Woodside had two hits apiece.

Ryan Willis was the winning pitcher in the second game, striking out four batters and scattering three hits. Strach and Dylan Kichak collected two hits in the second game while Grannis also had a home run.

This week, Reed City played at Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, Mason County Central on Thursday at home and Central Montcalm on Friday at home.

“Thursday, we didn’t play well at Pine River, we didn’t swing the bats well at all,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel referring to an 8-0 loss to the Bucks.

The Coyotes entered the week 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the CSAA.

“Each game, we’ve had the combination of a little bit of everything,” said Shankel, referring to his team’s strengths. “Our pitching has been consistent. Our defense is getting better. We’re aggressive on the bases. All of those aspects have helped us in different games.”