Reed City girls drop first game

Kiera Barker chases down the ball against Kalkaska.
Kiera Barker chases down the ball against Kalkaska.

REED CITY — Reed City’s softball team put a 4-0 record on the line against a Kalkaska opponent playing outside for the first time this season on Thursday.

But the Blue Blazers are state-ranked and they played the role in 13-6 and 20-2 victories in non-league play over Reed City.

“We knew they would be tough,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Like all tough teams, you have to keep at them.”

Sidni Rushford took the loss in the first game, allowing 13 runs, striking out three and walking one. Kamryn Myers and Jordyn Storch had two hits apiece. One of Myers’ hits was a double. Storch had three RBI.

“The first game, we played tough with them for four innings,” Steig said. “Once the wheels came off the cart, we couldn’t get it back. We learned tonight, that’s what it’s all about. We were a little beat up with injuries. But that’s not making excuses. Kalkaska has a good ball team.”

Maddie Morgan took the loss in the second game. Myers had two hits.

“It’s the first time we’ve been outside, even for a practice,” Kalkaska coach Rik Ponstein said. “Our field is covered in white. We were happy to be outside, if nothing else.”

Makenzie Leach and Makenzie Wilkinson were the winning pitchers for Kalkaska. Taylor Kooistra and Wilkinson had home runs.

“I was happy with the way we hit the ball,” Ponstein said.

Reed City is scheduled to be home Friday with Lake City.