Reed City splits softball doubleheader with Tri County

REED CITY — It was one of those nights for the Reed City softball team.

The Coyotes, in their final Central State Activities Association Gold Division doubleheader of the season against Tri County, came from behind in dramatic fashion in the late going for a 7-5 win in the opener on Thursday, May 18.

The second game didn’t go as well. The Coyotes surrendered 17 runs in the first inning to the Vikings and lost 25-11.

Sidni Rushford went the first 2 1/3 innings in the first game, allowing four runs on six hits and fanning four. Maddie Morgan went the final 4 2/3 innings.

Jordan Storch had a 3-run homer in the bottom of the sixth with the Coyotes trailing 5-3. It was her ninth home run of the season.

Storch and Drew Arnold had two hits apiece. Bailey Brummel had one hit.

“It was a nice comeback in the first game,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We got behind early and came back and won it, that was nice.”

Morgan started the second game and was relieved by Rushford. Morgan had three hits while Arnold, Madie Brown and Storch had two hits apiece. Rushford slammed a 2-run homer.

“In the second game, we just couldn’t get things going,” Steig said.

The Coyotes, 17-14 overall, end the league season at 7-7.

The regular-season finale is at home on May 30 with Morley Stanwood. The Coyotes also were scheduled to play Tuesday at White Cloud.

The goal of the next three doubleheaders, Steig said, will be to develop some consistency in getting ready for the postseason.

“We’ve been up and down and sporadic,” he said. “Our pitchers have been struggling. But we have a week to put it together. We want to be playing our best ball.”

The district tournament is June 3 at Mason County Central.