Reed City finishes 0-2 in baseball tourney

MORLEY — Morley Stanwood snuck out a 5-4 victory over Reed City to reach the baseball title game of the Mohawk Invitational on April 15.

Against Reed City, Aiden Nelson was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run in 4 1/3 innings and two hits while striking out four. Dayne Edgerly went 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and fanning three batters. Barnes had two hits, while Nic Huntey had a hit and two RBIs.

“It was a good battle,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said. “We had just enough timely hitting. Defensively, we played OK.”

Reed City’s Bryce Grannis was the losing pitcher against the Mohawks, allowing four runs in five innings, with one earned run, and striking out four. Grannis had a hit and scored a run. Simon Moreno had a single, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

“We didn’t throw our best pitchers, but we did throw guys we’re going to rely on this season,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We only gave up one earned run and all the rest were on errors. It was nice to get that game under our belt.”

Reed City won the consolation game 9-1 over White Cloud. Logan Straub had 10 strikeouts as the winning pitcher and allowed one earned run.

“It was nice to get some guys playing time in the White Cloud game, and swing the bat and have Logan throwing,” Shaffer said. “He’s one of our top pitchers. He did well keeping the ball in play and keeping the ball moving for us.”

Straub had one hit and two RBIs. Phenix had two hits and two stolen bases.

Reed City is home with Fremont on Friday.

Reed City (3-3) split with Newaygo on April 13, losing 5-1 in the opener and winning the nightcap 5-1.

“We’re still learning,” Shaffer said. “We’re making quite a few errors on the field. We’re coming along. We have a couple of seniors who are good leaders. We should be able to progress.”