Reed City softball coach explains team's surprising success this season

Coyotes split with state power Kalkaska

Reed City's Hayden Cutler takes the pitch against Kalkaska on Wednesday.

Reed City's Hayden Cutler takes the pitch against Kalkaska on Wednesday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY  –  Reed City softball team’s turnaround season continued on Wednesday with a split against perennial state power Kalkaska.

Kalkaska took the first game 4-1 but the Coyotes rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 4-3 nonleague win with Kyleigh Weck stroking the walkoff double.

“I just wanted to get a hit,” Weck said. “I was trying to make contact.”

Isabell Guy threw both games for Reed City.

“This was by far one of her best outings of the year,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “She kept a very strong Kalkaska team out of sync all night.”

In Game 1, Guy gave up four runs, one earned while she struck out eight, walked four and gave up four hits. In Game 2, she gave up three runs, none earned, on four hits, struck out two and walked four to earn the win. In Game 1 Rylie Shafer had the only hit and scored the only run.

In Game 2, offensively Kalkaska had five hits by five different batters with the big hits being Hannah Stellini's two-run double in the fourth inning to put RC up 2-0, Then after Kalkaska came back and went ahead 3-2 in the top of the sixth, Reed City scored to tie the game. With two outs, Kyleigh Weck hit a walk off double scoring Kenzie Shoemaker to win the game. Paityn Enos, Kaylin Goodman and Haden Cutler all had hits in Game 2.

“Our girls stayed focused all night and in the last inning came back,” Steig said. “This team is the same girls we had all through last year. We have the addition of some freshmen and we’re developing into a very good ballclub. The difference is the amount of work these girls have put in. They’ve made themselves what they are through hard work.”

Reed City’s season record is 11-7 and 4-2 in conference. This Saturday RC is at the Cadillac Invitational and plays Tawas in Game 1.

Evart sweeps Houghton Lake

EVART – Evart’s softball team posted a pair of Highland Conference wins over Houghton Lake on Wednesday 12-0 and 17-0.

The Wildcats posted 10 runs in the seventh inning of the second game.  Katelyn Gostlin, Lillie Gallinger, Riley Brigham, Brooklyn Decker, Skylar Baumgardner and Addy Gray had RBIs in that inning. Gostlin belted a home run.

Gray pitched a two-hitter in seven innings.

The second game went only three innings with Evart needing just two at bats with 10 runs in the first and seven in the second. Jo Tiedt and Baumgardner had two hits apiece.

GIRLS SOCCER

Reed City 0, Grant 0

REED CITY – The ball just wouldn’t go in the net.

Reed City (3-2-1, 7-2-2) and Grant (1-4-2, 2-5-2) fought to a scoreless tie on Wednesday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

“I thought we played really hard,” Reed City senior Paige Lofquist said. “This is our first hot day we played in. We’ve only had cold weather so far. It’s the start of the summer, I guess. We need to work on when we get tired and not lose focus and work on the fundamentals.”

The Coyotes had their opportunities to score but could not convert.

“We had our chances but it didn’t go in,” Coyote coach Andrea Pollaski said. “We won the game but not on the scoreboard. Grant had a couple of chances but we had more.”

Miriah Hodges was keeper for Reed City.

“She blocked anything that came her way,” Pollaski said.

Reed City is at Mason County Central on Friday and at Fremont on Monday and home with Big Rapids on Wednesday.