Reed City’s baseball season ends in predistrict loss

LEROY — A season of improvement ended a week ago for Reed City.

Right-hander Logan Straub threw a strong complete game against Mason County Central on May 31, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss for the Coyotes in a Division 3 predistrict game at Pine River.

The season ends for Reed City (14-21). Straub only allowed two hits, but the Spartans used two errors to score their lone runs in the first inning.

“Logan pitched well,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “He did that all year long. We just didn’t hit the ball.”

Cameron Austin had two hits for the Coyotes. Alex Brummel and Derrick Rasor also had hits.

Reed City, trailing 2-0, rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but fell short. Rasor reached base after getting hit by the pitch to open the inning. He advanced on Austin’s single and scored on a double steal. But the tying run was stranded in scoring position when the game ended.

The game took less than 90 minutes to play.

The Spartans advance with a 22-8 record.

Trevor Carrier was the winning pitcher.

“He did a wonderful job throwing strikes and getting people out, that’s what we needed from him,” Spartan coach Don Thomas said.”’He’s been our ace all year.”

The loss ended the season for the Coyotes. Shaffer indicated his team would be playing in a summer league and will come out with a schedule next week.

“I think we’ll play Tuesdays and Thursdays, maybe a couple of Sundays,” Shaffer said.