Reed City softball falls twice to Cadillac

REED CITY — The Reed City softball team could not solve Cadillac pitcher Gabby Hoaglund on Monday at Reed City High School.

Hoaglund allowed one hit and struck out 17 in a 9-0 win in Game 1. Once the Vikings took an 8-7 lead in the top of the fourth in the nightcap, Hoaglund entered in relief and pitched three scoreless innings en route to an 18-7 six-inning win. She struck out seven, allowed zero hits and walked one.

“She was definitely the best pitcher we’ve faced all season,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said.  “We just could not catch up with her.”

What was more concerning to Steig, though, was the team’s defense. The Coyotes jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first inning and led 7-4 after three innings, but numerous errors allowed the Vikings to break the game open.

“Defensively, we just found a way to come apart tonight,” Steig said. “That’s been a problem for us all year long, and that’s what we have to continue to work on. Pitchers like we faced tonight, those are the games you have to win 1-0.”

Skiler Brigham had two hits for Reed City, while Olivia Lawson, Jules Griffin, Amy Squires and Lindsey Greer each had one hit apiece. Greer had the lone hit in the first game.

The Coyotes (9-6) resume Central State Activities Association Gold Division action on Tuesday when they host Grant.

“I heard they are pretty comparable to what we are,” Steig said. “That’s all I know about them.”

Reed City then hosts Big Rapids on Friday before heading to Big Rapids on Saturday for a tournament.