Reed City softball team falls twice to Montabella

REED CITY — Montabella’s bats were sizzling amidst the heat Wednesday in 18-3 and 15-14 victories over Reed City in summer softball action.

Sidni Rushford took the loss in the first game allowing 18 runs on 17 hits, striking out four and walking two.

Taylor Steig led Reed City with two hits. Alyssa Olds and Maddi Sunderlin had one hit.

The second game was scheduled for six innings but went seven. Rushford went five innings, allowing 14 runs on 11 hits and one walk, while striking out three. Hannah Kaverman went the last two innings and took the loss. She didn’t allow a hit, striking out one and giving up one run.

Olds, Rushford and Steig had one hit. Abby Helsel, Kaverman, Sunderlin and Devin Willard had one hit.

“They had the winning run on base in the sixth inning and we brought Hannah Kaverman in,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “She’s a seventh grader and she did a nice job of handling the pressure and getting us out of the inning and making it extra innings. I thought that was a bright spot.”

Steig was impressed with how his team came back for the second game.

“We had gotten beat pretty handily the first game,” he said. “The girls came out the second game and put our offense together.

“Montabella is a good ballclub. I thought we were a little beat up. The girls hung in there and did a good job of making a good fight out of the second game.”

Steig has a mixture of middle school and high school players on his summer roster.

“That’s the fun thing about summer ball,” Steig said. “You never know what hand you’ll be dealt. You have no choice but to throw in a lot of different lineups. It gives the girls an opportunity to play different positions. It will help for upcoming years 

Reed City plays at Tri County in a doubleheader this Wednesday to wrap up the Local Area Teams League summer season.

Summer wrestling

Steig, also the wrestling coach, took 13 athletes to Holland for a Saturday open tournament and all 13 medaled.

“I have them wrestling from 6 years old all the way up to the 12th grade,” Steig said.