Reed City sweeps Chippewa Hills

Stephen Showan slides safely into home plate against Chippewa Hills.
Stephen Showan slides safely into home plate against Chippewa Hills.

REED CITY — Reed City’s baseball team will have its final home games in a doubleheader this Friday against White Cloud and during a home Saturday tournament.

Meanwhile, Reed City picked up strong pitching performances from Brandon Wirth and Hunter Morrison to sweep host Chippewa Hills 7-3 and 15-4 in a pair of Central State Activities Association Gold Division baseball games on Tuesday, May 7.

Both teams were undefeated in the league entering the game.

Wirth went seven innings in the first game, striking out four and allowing three runs while walking four. Simon Moreno and Wirth had two hits apiece. Stephen Shewan had a triple and RBI.

“I felt like I had my command back and the velocity was enough to keep them off balance,” Wirth said. “It’s gotten warmer and that’s more to my liking.”

Chippewa Hills opened the second game with two runs in the first. But the Coyotes exploded for six runs in the third and eight in the fourth to take control.

Morrison went all five innings, striking out nine and walking one. He had three hits including two triples and five RBIs.

One of the triples was with the bases loaded. Another one drove home two runs. Cody Kailing had two hits and an RBI and Payton Hansen had two RBIs.

For the Warriors, Garrett Sprague took the loss in the first game. Dylan Sharp, Austin Young and Ian Bissell had hits for the Warrior.

Cade Schafer had two hits in the second game. Young had an RBI double. Sharp and Nate Schneider had singles. Bissell was the losing pitcher.

“We came in 6-0 against a good Reed City team,” Warrior coach Ben Wright said. “They played better baseball. Hats off to them. They’re a quality team. We have some work to do.”

Chippewa Hills is 6-2 in the league and 10-4 overall. Chippewa Hills is at Newaygo on Wednesday.

Reed City was 9-0 in the CSAA and 14-3 overall, after the sweep.

“Chip Hills is undefeated (in the CSAA) and it’s a good test to see where we’re at,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “They have a tough schedule and have to play Newaygo on Wednesday, so I don’t think we saw their best the whole two games.

“We came out sluggish the second game. When Hunter pitches for us we might be thinking we’re going to win automatically. It was nice to come out and hit the ball good. I think we’re on pace.”