Reed City girls have impressive predistrict win

LEROY —  Reed City combined Jules Griffin’s four-hitter with timely hitting to knock off Mason County Central 8-3 in a Division 3 predistrict softball game at Pine River on May 31.

Griffin struck out seven batters and walked two in going the distance while Olivia Lawson and Sidni Rushford contributed a double and single.

Griffin, Alyssa Olds, Kamryn Myers, Jordyn Storch and Devin Willard contributed one hit.

“Defensively, I thought we played solid ball,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We struggled getting it going at the plate. We got some key hits later on. The biggest trouble is we gear up for our hitting and it seems like the slower pitching gives us a lot of trouble. It was their offspeed stuff.”

Storch walked and was doubled home by Rushford in the bottom of the third. Rushford scored after two wild pitches for a 2-0 Reed City lead. Yarger singled home Storch in the fifth for a 3-0 lead.

The Spartans came back the top of the sixth with two runs. Devin Battenfield’s popfly single inside the right field foul-line scored a run. Danielle Garbers doubled home a run with two outs. But Myers threw out the next batter from her shortstop position to leave Garbers at third to get out of the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Devin Willard singled and scored on Lawson’s double. Storch’s two-run single made it 6-2. The Coyotes added two more and then allowed a Spartan run the bottom of the seventh.

“We had really good defense,” Yarger said. “We got our bats going which is important. Batting is contagious.”

 “It’s important to keep your defense strong and go hit the ball.”