Reed City girls defeat Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood

REED CITY — Devin Willard had two key at-bats for Reed City’s softball team against visiting Chippewa Hills on Friday, and she delivered both times.

Her RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning tied the game at 11, and she knocked in the game-winning run in the eighth for a 12-11 victory.

The Warriors were leading the second game 6-2 in the second inning before play was suspended because of inclement weather.

The Coyotes (13-12, 6-5 Central State Activities Association Gold) had to battle back twice in the opener. They fell behind 5-0 in the second inning, and after regaining the lead in the third, fell behind again 11-6 in the sixth inning.

“Right now we are playing some extremely good ball,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We were without our No. 1 pitcher (Jules Griffin), but our ladies pulled together and beat a good Chippewa Hills team.”

Freshman shortstop Kamryn Myers led the Coyotes’ offense with three hits.

“She leads the team in batting average, batting over .500, and she’s playing spot-on defense for us,” Steig said. “We moved her from catcher to shortstop, and I think that was a huge part in turning our season around.”

Sidni Rushford, the winning pitcher, also had two hits, including a home run. Bailey Brummel, Ally Yarger, Olivia Lawson and Jocelyn Wirth each had one hit.

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Benzie Central defeated Reed City 17-3 in a semifinal game on Saturday. Rushford took the loss. Yarger had three hits, while Lawson and Alyssa Olds added.

“We really came out flat in the first game,” Steig said. “Last week, we won the Pine River Invitational and we beat Benzie Central in the first game. Today, it was a total reverse of that.”

Griffin was out for the weekend after sustaining an injury during practice earlier in the week.

The Coyotes (14-13) came back to defeat Morley Stanwood 14-8 in the consolation game.

Lawson was the winning pitcher, while Rushford got the save. Taylor Cutler and Yarger had three hits. Olds and Rushford had two hits. Bailey Brummel, Myers and Willard had one hit.

“Our catcher, Taylor Cutler, we’ve been playing her as a flex all year and it’s nice to see her step in and do well,” Steig said. “Hats off to Olivia Lawson. She stepped in and threw a nice game.”

Herald Review Sports Writer Ryan Zuke contributed to this report.