Reed City softball hits the road

REED CITY — It was a light week for the Reed City Coyotes softball team but it’s going to pick up in a major way this week.

The Coyotes have road doubleheaders Wednesday at Manistee, Thursday at Holton and then play at the Portland Invitational on Saturday before heading to Pine River next week to play the Bucks in a Division 3 predistrict game.

“We play quite a lot of ball this week,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig.

The Coyotes are 21-5. One of their losses was 9-4 in April to Pine River.

“We’ve played some tough competition and that will help,” Steig said, adding that this week’s schedule “will get us ready for the state tournament. Manistee has been ranked all year long. Then we go to Holton and go to Portland. They’ve all got strong programs.”

Looking ahead, “the key for our team is going to be in our pitching,” Steig said. “We have good offense. “We’ll score runs off people. We need to keep people off the bases. They have to keep the ball in the strike zone.”

In their most recent action, May 15, the Coyotes were home for a doubleheader sweep against Lakeview. They won both games 10-4 and 11-8.

In the first game Courtney Morgan was the winning pitcher, striking out eight batters. Amanda Steig had three hits followed by Sydney Arnold, Morgan and Taylor Steig with two hits each.

In the second game, the Coyotes trailed 8-5 going into the bottom of the sixth. Morgan, who had two hits, smacked a big three-run homer.

Amanda and Tyler Steig had three hits in the game. Amanda Steig picked up the win in relief, going the final two-plus innings.