Reed City girls celebrate tourney title

REED CITY — Skiler Brigham is likely to get other key hits in her high school softball career for Reed City.

But she’ll remember the championship-winning single she stroked on Saturday afternoon for a long time.

Brigham’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning against Comstock Park’s Kelsey Brown lifted the Coyotes to a 1-0 victory in the title game of the Reed City Invitational.

Evart was also in the tournament and went 1-2.

Sam McDonald had singled earlier in the inning and advanced to third on wild pitches. With two outs, Brigham swung at the first pitch and her fly ball to short right field dropped in for the game-winning single.

It was Brigham’s first hit of the game.

“I wanted to take my time because I always wind up ahead of the ball,” said the freshman outfielder. “So I took my time this time. I just wanted to hit it so I could get that score in. I was watching it and it looked like it was going to fall in-between the two (fielders).”

Reed City, 3-0 for the day, improved to 15-3 for the season. It was the first time in three years the Coyotes have won their home tournament.

“Defensively, our team played as tough as we have all year,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Our pitchers did a good job of keeping hitters off-balanced all day. We got the big hits when we needed them. We played the type of ball today that I knew we were capable of all year.”

Brigham, Steig said, “had a nice base hit to win the game. It was one of only four hits we had. Comstock Park had an excellent pitcher. She was tough to get to.”

Comstock Park fell to 8-6.

“We didn’t get the two-out hit,” said Comstock Park coach Jim Burns. “We’ve done that sporadically off and on all year. We didn’t see much speed the first game and that slowed us down. (Reed City) is a nice ballclub. It was a fun game.”

Courtney Morgan pitched all seven innings for Reed City, allowing no runs on two hits, plus five walks and striking out one. Morgan had two hits while McDonald and Brigham had two apiece.

Brown had given up only hits prior to the seventh inning.

It wasn’t easy for the Coyotes to get to the title game, They had to survive a 4-3 win in eight innings over Benzie Central in their second game. Ally Stieg singled in the eighth and was bunted to second by Sydney Arnold. Taylor Stieg delivered the winning hit.

Amanda Steig was the starting pitcher and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two walks, three hits and three runs while striking out four. McDonald came in relief to take the win, striking out three and not allowing a hit. Taylor Steig and Ally Steig had two hits apiece while Brigham, Emma Lockhart and McDonald had one hit apiece.

To open the tournament, Reed City defeated Montabella 6-1. McDonald took the win, striking out nine batters. She allowed two hits.

Amanda Steig had two hits while Arnold, Lockhart, McDonald and Morgan had one apiece.

Reed City is home Tuesday against Chippewa Hills.

EVART

The Wildcats opened the tournament by losing to Comstock Park 15-4. Evart scored all of its runs in the fourth inning.

Magdalen Hyde had a double and single, plus two RBIs for Evart, while Sam Bressler had a single and RBI and Dana Casey had a double and Chelsea Bengry a single. Bressler took the pitching loss.

Evart won its second game, 13-7 over Montabella. Dani Gray contributed three doubles and three RBIs, followed by Hyde with two singles, a double and three RBIs, Casey with a single, double and two RBIs, Sabrina McKay and Bengry with singles and Nicole Bullock and Bressler with RBIs.

Bengry was the winning pitcher, striking out four.

In the final game of the tournament, for third and fourth place, Evart lost 10-4 to Benzie Central. Bengry took the pitching loss. Taylor Martin, Gray and Hyde had singles. Bengry had two doubles, a single and two RBIs. Casey added a double and RBI. McKay had a single and RBI.

“We started off good and made a lot of improvements,” Gray said. “We made the efforts to catch and field balls.”

Evart, 3-14 overall, plays Tuesday at McBain.

“We’re making less errors,” said Evart coach Josh Johnson. “We’re starting to understand how to play the game with our young players, the little things like backing up and covering bunts.”