Reed City falls to Big Rapids in Tom Ryan tournament

BIG RAPIDS — Reed City’s baseball team lost 15-11 to Big Rapids in a semifinal round game Saturday of the Tom Ryan Tournament

Big Rapids made it to the championship game after pulling off an impressive come-from-behind victory against Reed City in the first game of the day as the Coyotes took a 5-2 lead on a towering, deep three-run home run off the bat of Eric Grannis in the second inning.

“He really hits the ball a ton,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “He’s really good and he’s almost in it right now where if it’s down the middle he’s going to hit it someplace hard and if he doesn’t get on base he usually lines out. He’s been doing it all year, and we need him to stick with it. He’s a catalyst. If he’s going, we all go. If he doesn’t, we kind of struggle. He can change a game with a swing.”

The Coyote lead ballooned to 10-2, but the Cardinals whittled it down to 10-7 on an RBI single from Caleb Childers. Kyle Wright answered in the top of the sixth with an RBI single for the Coyotes to make it 11-7, but the Cardinals went off offensively in the bottom of the sixth, putting up eight runs, to take the 15-11 comeback victory.

“I was pretty proud of that first game, even though we lost, we just kind of had a tough time pitching,” Shaffer said. “We couldn’t hit the strike zone. Overall it was a good day. We hit the ball and we’re coming around as a team. Instead of being individuals we’re all making strides together.”

Grannis had the three-run home run for the Coyotes while Josh Saez took the pitching loss after coming in for the final 3 1-3 innings. Tim Thebo and Brinker combined to pick up the win on the mound for the Cards as Dakota Sanders had a double and a single and Childers had three hits in the victory. 

Reed City would go on to defeat Benzie Central 12-6 in a time-limit shortened contest in the consolation game.

The Coyotes are 4-14 overall and are scheduled to be at Central Montcalm on Friday. A twinbill with Chippewa Hills Friday was rained out and rescheduled for May 23 at home.