Reed City softball team sweeps Montabella to end summer season

BLANCHARD —  Reed City’s softball team ended its summer season on an explosive note with 24-3 and 15-0 wins over Montabella on Thursday.

The first game lasted five innings while the nightcap went three innings.

The Coyotes only had seven players for both games and used one center fielder. But it didn’t matter.

Jules Griffith was the winning pitcher in the first game, going five innings, walking three, striking out five and allowing six hits.

Devin Willard had three hits while Kamryn Myers and Olivia Lawson had two hits apiece and Rikki Saez, Griffin, Maddie Morgan and Joslyn Wirth had one each.

“Everyone in our lineup had at least one hit,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said.

Griffin also was the winning pitcher in the second game, allowing one run on one hit and no walks while striking out five. Willard, Wirth and Myers had two hits apiece. Morgan also had a hit.

“We work well together,” Myers said, adding summer softball “is very important. You have to get back in the groove.”

This was a nonleague doubleheader. Reed City ended its Local Area Teams League last week with an 11-1 record.

Reed City’s final summer record was 13-1.

Steig got a chance to look at many different players in various age ranges and watched several younger girls have impressive performances.

“A couple of young girls I really have my eye on are Kamryn Myers and Devin Willard,” Steig said. “In the spring, they’ll all come out. Summer ball definitely pays off. You can see a difference in the girls who put the effort into the game. Some kids are more natural than others and don’t have to put as much effort into it. But effort will normally pay off in the end.”

The Coyotes at times were down in numbers, but managed to have a competitive team.

“We were lucky all year,” Steig said. “We didn’t have huge numbers. We played with anywhere from six to 10 girls that showed up every week. In summer ball, there’s a lot going on. But every night, we were putting together a tough squad.

“That says a lot for your pitcher that you can get away with giving up a spot out there. You have to have strong pitchers to be able to do that. We’d cheat from one side to the other so the pitcher would try to get the batter to hit where we’d like them to hit.”