Reed City softball splits, baseball team falls at Tri County

HOWARD CITY — It was a doubleheader in which defenses struggled while the offenses flourished.

Reed City’s softball team opened its Central State Activities Association Gold Division season Friday by falling 10-6 in the first game, and coming back to win the nightcap 16-13.

Olivia Lawson and Courtney Smith both had three hits for Reed City in Game 1, while Ally Yarger delivered two hits. Skiler Brigham, Jules Griffin and Amy Squires had one hit apiece.

Griffin took the loss, striking out two batters and giving up 15 hits.

Sidni Rushford went the distance in the second game, walking three, striking out six and giving up 13 hits. But the Reed City defense committed several errors through the doubleheader.

“It’s early in the season,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We have a lot of new girls playing together. Defensively, we struggled all night long.”

Tri County trailed 16-9 going into the bottom of the seventh, but scored four runs to make it a three-run game. Rushford fielded two straight ground balls to the mound for the final two outs.

“We did the best we could do,” Smith said. “All in all, we could do better. We have a good team this year. We have to figure out who is going to play where.”

Brigham had four hits, while Lindsey Greer and Yarger had three hits apiece. Griffin added two hits, while Lawson, Smith and Squires had one apiece.

“The girls did a nice job at the plate, manufacturing the runs like we did,” Steig said. “I was happy with the job both pitchers did.”

The Coyotes are 2-0 in the CSAA Gold and 4-2 overall.

Reed City plays at White Cloud Wednesday and is home Friday with Newaygo in CSAA action.

BASEBALL

Tri County 5-11, Reed City 0-1

HOWARD CITY — Reed City opened its CSAA Gold season with losses to Tri County Friday. The second game went five innings.

Kyle Peterman pitched a four-hitter in the game with Reed City’s only hits from Alex Brummel and freshman Hunter Morrison.

Ray Phenix went all six innings for Reed City and took the loss.

In the second game, Kaleb Sedine earned the win for Tri County.

Morrison had two hits, while Alex Rummel and Quintan Kichak both had hits for Reed City.

Reed City is 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

“We hit the ball pretty well,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We’re hitting it at people right now. We haven’t caught a break from that part of it yet. We’re letting ourselves beat ourselves up. We let other teams get a couple of runs. We have to make sure we don’t do that in the future for a chance to win baseball games.”

The Coyotes play at White Cloud Wednesday and at home against Newaygo Friday.

“I think we’ll come around,” Shaffer said. “We have a good group of kids. I think we have a bright future. It depends on who shows up each night and if they can put it together for us.”