Reed City softball team takes Pine River title

REED CITY —  It was quite a weekend for the Reed City softball team.

One day after sweeping Big Rapids, the Coyotes won the Pine River Invitational on Saturday with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Montabella in the title game.

The final game came down to the last out. Reed City (12-10) had scored two runs in the third, but were down 3-2 going to the top of the seventh. Jules Griffin drove in the tying run and Olivia Lawson had a two-run base hit.

Montabella, which had scored two runs in the second and one in the sixth, cut it to 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh with a run. But Griffin, who won the game in relief of starter Sidni Rushford, struck out the final batter.

“The last six games, this team has done a total turnaround and we are playing ball like I thought we were capable to playing all year long,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “It’s been exciting. We bent, but we didn’t break. They just never lost focus.”

Rushford and Devin Willard both had triples. Yarger had two hits, including a double, while Griffin and Lawson had doubles.

“This was a good tournament for us,” Steig said.

Griffin, who pitched several innings in Friday and Saturday doubleheaders, struck out 11 batters and walked one in the first game.

“It was good, I was hitting my spots and I was on today,” she said. “I’m sore, but I’m thriving on it and getting used to it.”

Rushford and Yarger had two hits apiece. Lawson, Kamryn Myers and Jocelyn Wirth also had hits.

“It’s more confidence, that’s the key, plus leadership from all of us,” Lawson said. “If we keep playing like we’ve been playing the last few games, we can take it all the way.”

Reed City is home Friday against Chippewa Hills in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.