REED CITY —  The Reed City softball Coyotes were looking for a strong effort from their pitching prior to entering district action this Saturday at Pine River.

The Coyotes got it with a 3-2 victory in the twinbill opener over Central State Activities Association (CSAA) power Chippewa Hills, which won the second game 18-1.

Julianne Griffin was the winning pitcher in game, walking none, striking out five and allowing four hits. Taylor Steig had two hits for Reed City while Lindsey Greer, Skiler Brigham, Brittani Yarger, Ally Yarger, Olivia Larson, Griffin and Nikki Smith added one apiece.

Coach Roger Steig was dealing with business matters and wasn’t at the twinbill.

“The girls said that was Julianne’s best outing of the year, the first game,” he said. “They were pretty excited the way she pitched.”

Reed City scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth on Steig’s two-run single.

Lawson took the loss in the second game, walking three and striking out two. Griffin pitched in relief.

Reed City entered this week at 13-18 overall and ended the CSAA at 7-11.

The Coyotes dropped two CSAA contests to White Cloud on Tuesday (May 20), losing 10-5 in the first game and 7-2 in the nightcap. 

Griffin took the loss in the opener, tossing nine strikeouts while giving up 10 runs on 12 hits.  Greer and  Brigham both had two hits apiece in the setback. 

 Lawson pitched the first two innings of the second game, giving up five runs on four hits with Griffin finishing the game with three strikeouts and two runs allowed on six hits. Brigham and Taylor Steig both had two hits in the loss.

On Saturday, Reed City plays Pine River at 10 a.m. The second game features McBain vs. Lake City.

“It will be a pretty evenly matched district,” Roger Steig said. “We beat Pine River twice earlier this year. McBain beat them twice also. We certainly aren’t in a position to take anyone light. We’ll have to bring our best game to Pine River and take it one game at a time.”