Reed City scores 32 runs in doubleheader softball sweep

LEROY — Reed City’s bats were explosive Thursday night in a softball nonleague doubleheader sweep over Pine River 15-6 and 17-14.

Jules Griffin was the winning pitcher in the first game and picked up the save in the second for the Coyotes, who improved to 9-4.

Pine River fell to 5-9.

Griffin allowed eight hits and no walks while striking out five in the first game. Skiler Brigham collected four hits, Sidni Rushford and Courtney Smith had two apiece while Lindsey Greer, Katianne Hansen, Olivia Lawson, Amy Squires and Ally Yarger had one hit apiece.

“Pine River always plays us tough,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Tonight was a slugfest. They hit the ball really well. So did we. We have to work to tighten up our defense a little more.”

Paige VanHulst took the loss for the Bucks in three innings, allowing six runs on five hits and six walks. Kourtney Brock went the final four, allowing nine runs on eight hits.

Carleigh Trowbridge had three hits and an RBI for the Bucks while Kyla Johnson had two hits and Chelsey Terburgh, Jenna Johnson, Erin Millen and Van Hulst had one apiece.

KayLee Goodman had two RBIs.

Rushford started for Reed City and Dana Hill for Pine River in the second game. Hill was relieved early in the game by Brock. Reed City was hanging into a 9-8 lead midway in the game, extended its lead by several runs but had to hold back late-inning surges by the Bucks.

“It’s the same old story with us,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “Our offense never gives up but our defense needs to tighten up some loose seams to get over the hump and get some W’s.”

Rushford went four innings, walking one, striking out three and allowing 10 runs on 12 hits. Griffin went three innings, walking one, striking out two and giving up four hits and four runs.

“Reed City did a great job keeping a step ahead of us all night,” Mumby said. “Griffin was really solid in the circle, keeping us on our toes. Our offense came though and battled hard. Our defense just didn’t seal the deal tonight.”

Ally Yarger had three hits while Lindsey Greer, Rushford and Hansen had two apiece,  Brigham, Lawson, Smith and Griffin had one hit apiece.

“We hit the ball real well tonight,” Steig said.

“You just have to have confidence,” Lawson said of her team’s hitting. “We have to play good defense and knowing that we have it. If we go in with good attitudes and knowing we’re going to play good, hard ball, I believe we can have any game we want. But if not, we’re not going to play our best.”

Hill allowed three runs on two hits and Brock gave up 14 runs on 11 hits.

Goodman had four hits for Pine River, TerBurgh added three and Jenna Johnson, Millen, Trowbridge, VanHulst and Tailor Charles had two apiece.