Reed City softball girls sweep Big Rapids

By Maxwell Harden

Pioneer Sports Writer

REED CITY — The Reed City summer softball team earned a sweep against Big Rapids, winning game one 11-8 and game two 16-12 at Reed City High School on Friday.

“The kids have been on a roll the past few weeks,” coach Roger Steig said. “We’re really hitting the ball well and Big Rapids hit the ball well. Those were a couple of good ball games.”

Maddie Morgan was the winning pitcher in game one, giving up eight runs on eight hits while striking out eight and walking four. Devin Willard and Lilly Andres led the team with three hits apiece and Abby Helsel added one hit.

In game two, Veronica Lofquist was the winning pitcher and led the team with three hits.

Due to low numbers, Big Rapids called up junior varsity players as well as a seventh-grade pitcher. In spite of the losses, head coach Bill Squires was pleased with his team’s performance.

“All in all, today was pretty good. We took a bunch of young kids and brought them in. We pitched three different pitchers. They finally started to gel in the middle of the second game and it was fun towards the end to make plays.”

Varsity pitcher Kelby Strpko, junior varsity pitcher Brooke Baker and seventh-grader Riley Haist each pitched for Big Rapids on Friday.

“We had quite the variety,” Squires said. “All three of them did a wonderful job. Everyone’s getting a lot of experience and it’s been a lot of fun. Hopefully, the program will get better as we go.”

Friday’s doubleheader was the last day of summer ball for Big Rapids.

“We’re going to take a bit of a break,” Squires said. “We’ll probably get together for some fall drills. But I think everybody’s ready for a break. We’ve been playing ball all summer long.”