Reed City girls off to 4-0 start

REED CITY — Reed City’s softball squad is off to a high-flying 4-0 start.

That included a 5-4 and 24-3 doubleheader victory Friday at home over Big Rapids in the Central State Activities Association opener.

In the first game, Courtney Morgan fanned 10 batters and helped her own cause with a hit and RBI. Sam McDonald had a hit and two RBIs.

Morgan was the winning pitcher in the second game. Chelsea Goodman and Sydney Arnold both had two hits and four RBIs in the second game.

“The first game, we were slow in getting started,” said coach Roger Steig. “In the second inning our bats came alive. We hit the ball pretty hard.”

Meanwhile, Morgan’s season pitching debut was an impressive one in Reed City’s 4-3 and 8-1 softball doubleheader sweep over Ludington in Tuesday’s opening games.

The Coyote righthander struck out five batters in the first game while allowing five hits. She fanned four hitters in the second game while scattering four hits.

“Tonight, I was very surprised with myself,” Morgan said. “I came in really nervous, walked the first batter, but I did pull through.”

Coach Roger Steig made his debut as Reed City’s new softball skipper.

“We’ve only been outside in practice a couple of days,” he said. “I thought our girls were outstanding. They kept their mistakes to a minimum. Ally Stieg was 3-for-3 with a double and two singles in the opener while Sam McDonald and Morgan were both 2-for-3 and Emma Lockhart was 1-for-2.”

Ludington scored a run in the top of the second of the nightcap while Reed City came back with three runs in the second and four in the third. Steig had an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth for Reed City.

Steig had two hits. Syndi Arnold, Alex Baughan, Kalee Hensel, Sam McDonald and Ally Stieg had one hit apiece.

In the seventh inning, the Coyote defense threw out two Ludington baserunners. Liz Borst, from her left field spot, threw a runner out at second base. Another runner was thrown out at the plate with Arnold from center field throwing to shortstop Ally Stieg while firing the relay throw to catcher Amanda Steig.

“We work hard on our defense,” Morgan said. “We worked hard on our batting too. It really showed tonight.”

“Courtney Morgan was just outstanding,” Steig said. “Sam McDonald just had surgery. We have two pitchers, including her. I told Courtney we’d ride her tonight.”