Reed City softball team loses pair at tournament

BIG RAPIDS — With Clare dropping out of the Tom Ryan Invitiational softball tournament in Big Rapids on Saturday, Big Rapids, Reed City and Morley Stanwood were left to do battle. When the day was done, the Mohawks came out on top beating the Cardinals, 4-2, before defeating the Coyotes, 6-5, to take home the tournament crown, but it wasn’t easy.

The Mohawks found themselves down 5-0 through six innings against the Coyotes before a six-run seventh inning gave the Mohawks a 2-0 record for the afternoon, making them the winners of the round robin tournament.

Hayley Pollaski got the start on the mound for the Mohawks against Reed City, giving up five unearned runs before Mallory Raven came in to pitch a one-two-three seventh inning to seal the deal.

Julianne Griffin took the loss for the Coyotes, pitching the whole game with four strikeouts and one walk while giving up five runs on five hits. Lindsey Greer, Skiler Brigham and Olivia Lawson all had two hits in the loss. 

“It feels really good, because it feels like we were playing efficient, well-executed softball,” Morley Stanwood coach Andrea Raven said. “It was good to see that out of our girls. They just knew their backs were to the wall and, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to respond or are you going to sit down and let (Reed City) put the fate of the tournament in their hands? It was good to see them respond.”

The Coyotes and Cardinals fought for second place in the last game of the day, with Big Rapids coming out on top in a 5-4 comeback victory. The Coyotes were up 4-0 after the top of the fifth inning, but the Cardinals fought back with five unanswered runs to win the game, going 1-1 on the day.

The Cardinals got three runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory after an RBI double from Jensen started the scoring. Kelsey Cushway followed it up with an RBI single before Kailey Hunt hit a game-winning two-RBI double to take the 5-4 win.

Griffin took the loss for the Coyotes against Big Rapids after she gave up five runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Greer, Lawson, Brittani Yarger and Nikki Smith all had one hit apiece in the loss.

“We played better ball (Saturday) and we played six innings in both games of outstanding ball, but the seventh innings got away from us, which is a little frustrating,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “The seventh inning against Morley we gave away six runs to lose a game and we had them shut down. Big Rapids, the same way. We had them 4-1 and then found a way to give it away. Overall, we’re getting better. If we can play six innings, we can play seven innings. We’ll get there.”

The Coyotes (9-9, 4-4 CSAA) are at Central Montcalm Friday.