REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes split their non-league doubleheader with the White Cloud Indians on Friday, winning 4-1 and losing 5-4.

Sidni Rushford struck out 12 batters in game one while allowing six hits and one run in seven innings.

Lilly Andres had three hits and Kamryn Myers, Jordyn Storch, Kiera Barker, Devin Willard, and Rushford each tallied one hit.

In the game two loss, Madi Morgan struck out four batters and gave up eight hits in four innings. Storch pitched three innings in relief and struck out seven batters and gave up three hits.

Myers and Alyssa Olds had two hits, apiece and Morgan Storch, Rushford, and Andres each tallied one hit.

Reed City’s softball team (19-8) entered this week still in contention for the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title.

But Big Rapids made the challenge a little trickier for the Coyotes with an 11-8 Cardinal victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, on May 15.

The Coyotes won the first game 13-3. The Coyotes got two hits apiece, including one double apiece in the first game, from Myers, Storch and Rushford. Olds had hit and a double while Cassie Enos and Kiera Barker had one hit apiece.

Rushford started and was relieved by Maddie Morgan.

Big Rapids stretched a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning of the second game to 11-4 with a seven-run frame. Three Reed City errors in that inning were critical.

Morgan, Rushford and Storch shared the pitching duties in the second game.

Storch had three hits, including a double, Olds had two hits while Enos, Barker, Morgan and Myers had one apiece. Barker and Myers also had doubles.

Reed City is 10-2 in the CSAA and 18-7 overall.

“The second game, we struggled on the mound and defensively, worse than we have all year,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. Big Rapids played some good ball tonight. It was a huge night for us, we’re in the fight with Central Montcalm for first place in our conference

“(This week) it boils down to if we win two games at Central, we’re conference champs.”