Reed City girls junior division team finishes 7-1

REED CITY — It would be understandable if the Reed City junior league team in the 13-14-year-old division for girls softball was disappointed to see the season come to an end.

The Reed City girls enjoyed a solid season with a 7-1 record.

Terry Myers, assisted by Michael Rushford, coached the team. Players included Emmalee Hobbs, Grace Johnson, Alyssa Olds, Kamryn Myers, Maddie Paine, Jordon Root, Sidni Rushford, Rikki Saez, Kiley Shoemaker, Jordyn Stork, Maddie Sunderlin, Devin Willard and Jocelyn Wirth.

“We had 13 girls out,” Terry Myers said. “Pretty much everyone returned from last year. We had three of them at 13 and the rest of them were 14 years olds, seventh and eighth graders. As the season went along, everyone started jelling together, believing in what we were trying to coach them.

“We had a really good year. The girls really got along good. It was a fun year. I think they learned quite a bit. With winning, no matter at what age, it seems to heal everything. That definitely helped us during the year. We had a lot of close games where we were within one or two runs of being either ahead or behind. We had a couple where we came back in the last inning to win. It showed great fortitude to never quit and give up.”

Sidni Rushford was the top pitcher.

“She’s been pitching for years,” Myers said. “She plays for Elite, AAU softball out of Grand Rapids. She was pretty much our horse all year long. We rode her every game, to be honest with you. She was basically our starting pitcher for the year.”

Myers, Olds, Stork and Wirth also had strong seasons.

“All the girls played well,” Myers said. “It’s always big for us when we play Big Rapids. We played them twice this year and beat them twice. That’s always a huge win. We had a big win over Kent City and Grant where we came back in the last inning of both games to win. Both teams were tough. It could have gone either way.”