Reed City pitchers lead the way

REED CITY — Pitching is obviously crucial for any baseball team's title hopes.

Reed City enjoyed success with the one-two punch of Logan Straub and Hunter Morrison.

Straub was the winning pitcher in the 5-1 regional semifinal win over Newaygo on Saturday. He came in relief in the second game and took the loss in a 3-2 8-inning setback.

"It feels good, it's great to get extra baseball in," Straub said after his team won the Division 3 district. "I felt we could do this from the beginning. We're playing good defense right now, error-free defense. With the potential we had at the beginning of the year, it came together at the end."

A late-season doubleheader sweep over Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids was a big turning point, Straub indicated.

"I'll need to change up my pitches, and have a little offspeed more and hit the corners and let the defense behind me do what they've been doing best," Straub said prior to regionals. "I'm hitting my corners well. My offspeed is doing what it should be right now."

He's said he's been struggling offensively lately but has picked it up in late season games.

"You can rely on anybody at a certain time in our lineup," Straub said.

Morrison, a junior, has usually pitched the second game and has been extremely effective. He pitched against West Catholic in the title game and kept the Coyotes' hopes alive with a strong effort.

"It's amazing," he said. "It's been a good journey this season. We've been doing everything right, it seems like."

Having Straub pitch the first game and Morrison the second "has been working really good," Morrison said.

"Throwing first-pitch strikes and getting ahead in the count" has been working for Morrison. His best pitching performance may have been a win earlier this season against Manton.

Morrison was the winning pitcher in the district title game over host Mason County Central.

"We felt confident in ourselves," he said. "We came in ready and were focused the whole game."

Straub said he's planning on going to Ferris State for the criminal justice program and walk on for football.