By Max Harden

Pioneer Sports Writer

REED CITY — Summer was in the air as Reed City and Big Rapids summer softball teams squared off Wednesday at Reed City High School.

Big Rapids won game one, 16-9, and Reed City rallied to win game two, 12-10.

“I thought we played very well,” Big Rapids summer team coach Bill Squires said. “We have a bunch of young girls after combining varsity and junior varsity.

“We were aggressive at the plate and that’s what we’re looking for. We’re working on fundamentals right now and that’s more important than wins to us but wins are nice too.”

Jordyn Storch started game one for Reed City and struck out six batters while giving up 16 runs and walking eight. Devin Willard had three hits; Storch, Kiera Barker, Drew Arnold and Mady Brown each had one hit.

Big Rapids was on its way to a sweep, leading 8-1 at the top of the third inning in game two. However, Reed City stormed back, scoring seven straight runs to tie the game 8-8 at the end of the third inning.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Big Rapids scored two runs early in the fifth to take a 10-8 lead. Reed City responded again by scoring four consecutive runs to win 12-10 in six innings.

“Game two was an adjustment,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “This was the very first night we combined our varsity and junior varsity teams. As the night went along, we built some strength and finished strong.”

Storch got the win in game two, with Mady Brown starting and Kamryn Myers coming in for relief. Storch gave up two runs and three hits while striking out three and walking two.

Willard had three hits while Storch, Myers and Jamie Clarke each had one.

Steig plans on using the summer season to work on both individual and team skills.

“On Sunday nights we’re going to work on individual skills,” Steig said. “We’ll use Wednesday night games to see how they put it together as a team. It’s a good opportunity for us to see how everything develops.”

Reed City is at Cadillac on Wednesday.