Reed City softball enjoys sweep over Chippewa Hills

REED CITY — Coaches often spout after defeat, claiming that a loss isn’t a bad loss if a team learns from it.

Reed City softball coach Roger Steig believes his team has.

The Coyotes began the season with an eight-game winning streak, only to drop a game to Pine River and a doubleheader to Morley Stanwood.

But since that time, Reed City rattled off nine straight victories, including a sweep of Chippewa Hills on Tuesday, May 8. The Coyotes won the first game 6-2 and then rallied for an 11-7 victory in the nightcap.

“I think the turning point to our season was when we lost those three games,” Steig said. “We knew we needed to turn things around and we did.”

The biggest area of improvement for Reed City has come on the defensive side, Steig said. The Coyotes are making the plays that need to be made and cutting down on errors.

“The biggest thing is we are playing defense,” he said. “We are not giving up big innings.”

Instead, Reed City used big innings for the sweep.

The Coyotes scored five runs in the second inning of the opener with Sam McDonald recording an RBI double and Allison Stieg hitting an RBI double.

Reed City posted eight hits, including two apiece from Amanda Steig, Stieg and McDonald.

“I thought the bottom of the line-up carried us last week, but we had good balance (Tuesday),” Roger Steig said. “We were able to put hits together.”

Reed City continued to hit the ball in the second game, scoring four runs in the first inning and five more in the fourth inning to take a 9-6 advantage. Courtney Morgan, Steig and Stieg had two hits apiece for the Coyotes.

“We never lost focus, even when we were behind,” Roger Steig said. “We are a much better team now than we were at the beginning of the season.”

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REED CITY — Chippewa Hills put a stranglehold on the CSAA title with a sweep of the Coyotes on May 8, winning the first game 13-1 before squeaking out an 8-6 victory in the nightcap.

The Warriors were locked in a tight game with Reed City in the first game, leading 3-1 going into the top of the fifth inning. Chippewa Hills would score five runs to bust the game open and never look back.

The rest was up to Jake Tarbell.

The junior right-hander would throw a one-hitter and fanned 12 batters. The lone hit by the Coyotes was by Glen Ryder.

Reed City coach Scott Shankel thought his team came out a little nervous because of the importance of the twinbill.

“I kind of wonder because we played the worst game of the year,” Shankel said. “Codie (Strach, the starting pitcher) doesn’t walk that many and we didn’t hit that well.”

Chippewa Hills would get out of the game in a hurry in the nightcap.

Reed City was paced offensively by Ricky Droke and Dylan Kichak with two hits apiece. Droke also had two RBIs.

Strach and Mike Schneidt also had a single.

“We started to get things rolling,” Shankel said of the offense. “I takes someone on the team to crack one and that starts to work for us.”