Reed City girls bounce back with four straight wins

REED CITY — The bats came alive for Reed City in a pair of Central State Activities Association softball victories over Central Montcalm on Friday.

The Coyotes needed five innings for a 10-0 victory in the first game and clinched the second-game victory in the sixth inning with a 17-7 score.

The Coyotes have won four straight since their three-game losing skid which included a twinbill loss Tuesday at Morley Stanwood.

“We had won eight in a row,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “Then we lost three, then our girls realized we needed to go to work and needed to make some changes. We made some defensive changes and they’ve been good changes. I couldn’t be happier the way we’ve played the last two days.”

The Coyotes are 12-3 and 6-2 in the league.

Reed City scored two runs in the first, three in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth of the first game. Taylor Steig led the batting attack with three hits while Ally Stieg and Amanda Steig had one hit apiece. Taylor Steig had a three-run double in the fourth inning.

The winning pitcher was Courtney Morgan who went all the way, striking out three walking none and allowing four hits.

In the second game, Reed City had two in the first but fell behind 6-2 when the Hornets notched five runs in the second. Reed City came back with one in the second, five in the third, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

“Basically, we kept our attitudes up,” said Taylor Steig. “That’s what we need to do in order to win. We never got down on ourselves the whole game.”

Sydney Arnold had three hits for the winners while Amanda, Ally and Taylor Steig, plus Sam McDonald had two apiece. Skyler Brigham, Emma Lockhart, Heather Huss, Riley Lawson and Morgan had one hit apiece.

“I think we played pretty well,” Huss said, “the first game better than the second game. But we came back in the second game. Their team kind of woke up and we came back at them.”

“Our team really played focused,” Roger Steig said. “We were down 6-2 and battled our way back and wound up winning. We’re hitting the ball really well.”

Morgan started and gave up six runs and five hits while striking out two before leaving in the second inning, Amanda Steig came in to pitch the rest of the way and allowed just one run.

“I thought Courtney did an outstanding job in the first game,” Roger Steig said. “We tried to throw her the second game and she ran out of gas. Amanda did a nice job coming in the second inning and shutting them down.”

Reed City is home Thursday against Manton in nonleague play and has the home invitational on Saturday.

VS. MASON COUNTY CENTRAL

The Coyotes went to Scottville on Thursday and won a pair of non-league games 11-1 and 23-2. Morgan was the winning pitcher in the opener, striking out seven while throwing a no-hitter. Heather Huss had three hits and Amanda Steig added two.

Steig was the winning pitcher in the rematch, fanning two batters and allowing one hit. Sydney Arnold had three hits while Steig, Emma Lockhart, Ally Steig and Huss contributed two hits apiece.

VS. MORLEY STANWOOD

Morley Stanwood was clubbing the softball Tuesday night (April 24) while Reed City’s defense wasn’t coming up with the stops and the results were 14-4 and 19-6 Mohawk victories in a pair of Central State Activities Association games that ended in the mercy rule.

Both teams entered the twinbill unbeaten in the CSAA.

Ally Stieg had two hits in the first game. Courtney Morgan started and closed as pitcher for Reed City while Sam McDonald pitched in-between.

Stieg again had two hits for the Coyotes.

Amanda Steig and Morgan pitched for the Coyotes.

“Obviously I was hoping for a different outcome,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “I don’t want to take anything away from Morley, which is an outstanding team and played good ball. We took one on the chin last week against Pine River and I don’t think we bounced back.

“We played poor ball tonight. Defensively, we couldn’t field the ball. It wasn’t any one individual. It was the team. We have to get that momentum back. I think we’ve lost focus. We have lost three in a row. This will be a true test of our character.”