Reed City sweeps Evart to end regular season

REED CITY — Julianne Griffin was the winning pitcher in both games of a 12-2 and 15-0 doubleheader sweep for Reed City (15-18-1) over Evart Tuesday (May 27) in nonleague softball action. Both games went four innings.

Griffin allowed one walk and seven hits and fanned six. Skiler Brigham had three hits and Taylor Steig a bases-loaded triple for the winners. Courtney Shelden had two hits for Evart. 

In the second game, Griffin struck out seven and walked two while allowing only one hit to Shelden. Olivia Lawson and Ally Yarger had three hits apiece for Reed City and Lindsey Greer added two hits.

“It was good for us,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said of the doubleheader. “We took advantage of working on some things that we wanted to execute. Our girls did a nice job of execution.”

Sam Bressler took the loss for Evart in both games.

“Offensively we did some things we've been working on all year,” Steig said. “Tonight, the whole team has done a nice job.”

Ally Yarger, a sophomore, noted after the Evart game that the Coyotes had been picking up their play.

“We've had our struggles but we stick together,” Yarger said. “We come through.”

Yarger, like many of the other Coyotes, will point to a 3-2 victory on Memorial Day weekend over Central State Activities Association champion Chippewa Hills as one of the main highlights of the season.

“We all stayed up and pretty much stayed together,” she said. “We didn't get down on anything and we hustled. We did our hardest.”

Reed City ended the season at 15-19 after falling 10-9 to Pine River.

“It's been pretty good,” said Yarger, a second baseman in her second varsity season, adding that she's improved defensively. “I'm running bases smarter. I've been hitting the ball pretty good, I feel that I hit better last year, but I'm hitting harder this year. Last year, I got on more but this year I'm hitting the ball harder.”