Reed City sweeps Evart in non-league doubleheader
EVART — Reed City and Evart arranged at the last minute on Wednesday for a nonleague doubleheader and the Coyotes prevailed 10-1 and 15-6 in a pair of six-inning affairs to end the regular season for both teams.
Reed City’s scheduled doubleheader with Central Montcalm was canceled and will not be made up. Central’s predistrict game on Tuesday was rained out and the Hornets replayed it Wednesday. Evart had a doubleheader with Montabella rained out on Tuesday.
“I didn’t want to take a week off but wanted to get in these two games,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “I wanted the kids to see live pitching and be in a game situation.”
“We worked it out with Reed City last night,” said Evart coach Pat Craven. “We both had openings and we wanted to play. We thought it’d be important to get our games in.”
In the first game, Ray Phenix was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and allowing three hits. Ryan Wills finished in relief.
Sean Woodside had two hits and an RBI for Reed City. Josh Saez had a hit and three stolen bases. Jordan Rolston contributed three hits and two RBIs while Phenix had two hit, one RBI and two runs scored and Scott Lenahan had a hit and RBI.
Reed City had single runs in the third and fourth innings, three in the fifth and five in the sixth. Evart scored one run in the third.
Andrew Race started and went three innings for Evart. Jake McKinstry went the final two innings and took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits.
McKinstry and Race each had a hit.
“Offensively, we have to do a better job of moving people around,” Craven said.
Reed City had four runs in the second, five in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth in the nightcap. Evart had a single run in the fourth and five in the sixth.
Willis went the first two innings of the second game and fanned two batters while not allowing a hit. Jordan Straub went the next two and allowed one hit while striking out four.
Woodside had two hits and three RBIs with two runs score. Straub had two hits as did Eric Grannis and Rick Droke, who both scored three runs. Austin Hansen had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, Taylor Weiss had two hits and an RBI.
Jared Pattee started for Evart and went 1 1/3 innings before getting hit on the hip with the ball and was replaced. Race had two hits while Devon VanOrder had one.
“We had too many mistakes defensively,” Craven said.