Reed City loses in tournament title game

MORLEY — Reed City’s baseball team enjoyed a good 2-0 start in the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Saturday, but then lost 13-0 to powerhouse Traverse City West in the title game.

The Coyotes opened with a 5-2 win over White Cloud behind Nate Worral’s three-hitter. He fanned four batters. Logan Straub had two doubles and drove home two runs. Quinton Kichak and Leland Yonkin both had hits.

Reed City defeated Morley Stanwood 11-4 in the next round with Straub picking up the win, and striking out four batters. He had a double to help his cause. Cameron Austin had one hit.

In the title game, Yonkin was the losing pitcher. Kichak and Alex Pratt both had hits.

“We came off a doubleheader Friday night against Tri County,” Reed City Marty Shaffer said. “The first two games we played well. We played error free against White Cloud and Morley. We pitched well. We were ready to go (in the finals). But Traverse City West is a good team. We had some quality opponents.”

The Coyotes (3-3) had lost on Friday 11-2 to Tri County in Central State Activities Association Gold Division play. The second game was tied 3-3 in the fifth inning and was suspended because of darkness.

Evart 3-6, Reed City 2-8 (baseball)

Second baseman Robbie Tapling made a diving catch with the tying run at third base the bottom of the seventh to preserve a 3-2 win for Evart in the first game of a nonleague doubleheader on Tuesday.

Reed City had Gabe Miller on third base when Cameron Austin’s two-out line drive was caught by Tapling.

Evart’s Andrew Bengry came in early in the game to pitch with the bases loaded and no outs. He retired the side and shut out the Coyotes the rest of the game.

Hunter Morrison took the loss for the Coyotes. He had a hit and RBI. Gabe Miller had one hit and two walks. 

Quinton Kichak had a hit, RBI and two stolen bases

The Coyotes won the five-inning second game 8-6.

Logan Straub was the winning pitcher and Leland Yonkin got the save. Morrison had two hits including a double and scored once. Brummel had two walks, scored a run and had a stolen base.

Trevin Ladd was the losing pitcher.

“I thought we played well,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We had jitters the first game, especially with hitting. We kind of came around the second game and were more patient. We definitely hit better the second game and were more calm.”

Josh Dorn, Chris Imhoff and Tapling were Evart’s leading hitters throughout the doubleheader.

“I was satisfied with the pitching,” Shaffer said. “It was a good first game. I was glad we came outside to play this one. The guys were up to play Evart. It’s kind of a rival. It was disappointing we lost that first game. It’s a good start. We’re pretty happy with it.”

It was Reed City’s season opener.

Reed City is home against White Cloud on Wednesday.