Reed City takes two tight wins over Big Rapids

Coyotes win first game on walkoff hit batter

Eric Grannis



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REED CITY – Reed City snuck out a pair of 6-5 and 2-0 wins over arch-rival Big Rapids in Tuesday’s Central State Activities Association twinbill.

Reed City won the first game when Noah Morgan was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded the bottom of the seventh and two outs.

The Coyotes had 11 hits in the first game. Trent Howell had three hits. Isaac Williams, Isaiah Moore, Xavier Allen and Bryce Wein had two hits apiece. Howell and Moore had two RBIs.

Allen was the starting pitcher going four innings and striking out nine. Canyon Reed got the win in relief.

For BR, Brody Sleeper had a home run and two RBIs. Mayson McNeilly had two hits and a run scored. Ben Knuth went 5 2/3 innings and Isaac Zocco pitched one inning.

The second game ended after five innings because of darkness.

“Last year we went on the COVID bug and got swept by them,” Grannis said.

The Coyotes got one run the bottom of the first and one the bottom of the fifth in the second game. Conklin, Moore and Allen had hits. Allen had an RBI.

Max Hammond went five innings giving up two hits and striking out 12,

“We got cut short in that one,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said. “Anything can happen with two innings to go in a two-run ballgame. Give Reed City, they did what they needed to do. We didn’t play bad. The pitchers threw well today.”

Sleeper went four innings while Zocco worked in relief in the second game. Zocco had both of Big Rapids’ hits.

“Those were two tough games,” Zocco said. “I felt we could have played better. But it was some good baseball.”

“The boys came up here and battled in a one-run game and two-run game,” Daugherty said. “All you want to do is come up here and battle as hard as they can. That’s what they did.”

 Big Rapids is 3-3 in the CSAA Gold and 7-9 overall.

“We played very well today,” Reed City’s Treyvor Conklin said. “We stayed very focused. We had solid contact and it showed in the end.”

Pine River 11, Evart 1

The first game of this twinbill went five innings. Dillon Blood was the winning pitcher. He allowed three hits. Cole Hill had two hits and an RBI as was Nate Marks. Jordan Nelson had a single and two RBIs.

Pine River 17, Evart 3
Nelson was the winning pitcher in the second game. He allowed four hits.

Ben Lockhart had two hits and two RBIs. Marks had two hits and four RBIs. Blood had a double and three RBIs.

Pine River is 5-0 in the conference.