Reed City softball team places second
BIG RAPIDS — The Reed City softball team placed second at the Big Rapids Norm Turner Softball Invitational on Saturday.
In the first game, Reed City lost Benzie Central 7-5. Trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Coyotes made a comeback when six of the first seven batters had base hits and scored three runs, loading the bases with only one out before the rally ended. Losing pitcher was Sidni Rushford who gave up seven runs, one earned, on five hits, struck out five and walked one. Rushford was the leading hitter with two hits. Kamryn Myers, Devin Willard, Kiera Barker, Bailey Brummel, Maddie Morgan and Mady Brown all had one hit each.
In game two, Reed City won over Big Rapids 5-1. After two innings of scoreless ball Jordyn Storch put the Coyotes up 1-0 with her eighth home run of the season a blast over the center field fence. Big Rapids scored one in the top of the fourth to tie the game 1-1.
Reed City scored one in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win. Morgan went the distance, getting her 10th win of the season. She gave up one run, none earned on four hits, struck out five and walked two. Leading hitters in the game were Storch and Rushford with two hits each Myers, Willard and Brown had one hit each.
In game three, Reed City won over Morley Stanwood in extra innings 6-5. Rushford got the start going three innings. She gave up one run on four hits and struck out two. Maddie Morgan came in relief and went 41/3 innings. She gave up four runs, two earned on three hits, struck out three and walked two.
In the bottom of the eighth, with one out and a runner on second base and with the score 6-5, Reed City reentered Rushford who would retire the next two batters to end the game and give the Coyotes the win. Morgan got the win and Rushford recorded her second save of the season. Leading hitter was Jordyn Storch with three hits and Sidni Rushford and Maddi Sunderlin with two hits each. With one hit each was Myers, Bailey Brummel, Morgan and Brown.
Reed City is 16-11 overall and is home Thursday against Tri County.
Central Montcalm 15-14, Reed City 1-0
STANTON — Central Montcalm swept Reed City 15-1 and 14-0 in CSAA Gold action on Friday.
Rushford took the loss in the first game, allowing 15 runs on 11 hits, and two walks while striking out two. Rushford, Kamryn Myers and Willard had one hit apiece.
Morgan took the loss in the second game, allowing 12 runs on 10 hits, striking out two and walking two. Rushford and Drew Arnold had one hit apiece.
"Central Montcalm won the conference this year," Reed City coach Roger Steig pointed out. "Saturday, after a couple of inning, we put things back together. We ended the day playing some exceptionally good ball."