REED CITY — Reed City’s softball team used strong pitching and home run power to open its Central State Activities Association Gold Division season with 9-0 and 13-3 victories over Newaygo on Wednesday.

The second game closed with six Coyote runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game on the mercy rule.

Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher in the first game, going seven innings, allowing no walks and five hits and no runs.

She helped her own cause with three hits. Cassie Enos had two hits including a two-run homer.

“It was a fast pitch, just a little bit inside,” Enos said. “We’ve been working. Everyone is doing their part.”

It was her first career home run.

Kamryn Myers, Jordyn Storch, Devin Willard and Mady Brown had one hit.

Maddie Morgan was the winning pitcher in the second game, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking none and striking out two. Myers, Rushford, Willard, Morgan and Alyssa Olds had two hits apiece. Storch had a two-run homer and Lilly Andres had a hit.

It was Storch’s second homer of the season.

“It was low an outside pitch,” Storch said, acknowledging it’s her favorite pitch and she’s always looking for it. I think we played great. We’re just waiting for our pitch.”

“Newaygo is not a bad ball club,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “All nine in our lineup were very explosive. Our pitching is good and our defense has been absolutely great.”

“I think we’re going to be really good this year if we keep playing like a team,” Storch said.