Reed city baseball team enters week at 6-6

REED CITY — Reed City’s baseball team had three doubleheaders last week and experienced various ups and downs.

The Coyotes swept White Cloud 4-1 and 8-6 at home on April 20.

Jeff Phenix was the winning pitcher in the first game. Nate Worrall got his second win of the season in the second game.

On Friday, the Coyotes split with Newaygo. Reed City lost 3-2 in the first game. Logan Straub took the pitching loss.

The Coyotes won 14-4 after five innings of the second game. Hunter Morrison was the winning pitcher.

For the two games. Straub had three doubles and four RBIs. Derek Rasor had five singles.

Reed City is 6-6.

“Last week was good,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “Friday, we came out and played good baseball. We probably could have won the first game. The second game, we played great defense and got a lot of hits. We’re coming into our own. We’re still young. Lot of guys are getting a lot of experience. We’re looking on moving on and trying to get more wins.”

Manton 6, 5, Reed City 2,1

Manton pitchers were effective in a nonleague doubleheader (April 19) over Reed City (3-5) with 6-2 and 5-1 victories.

“We came off a pretty good high last weekend when we played in that tournament at Morley Stanwood,” Shaffer said of the runner-up finish (April 16). “There was a lot of enthusiasm and we had a good practice on Monday.”

Morrison took the pitching loss in the opener. Gabe Miller had two innings of strong relief. Rasor had a home run and two runs scored. Straub and Cameron Austin had two hits for the Coyotes.

“We had a good game going through about four or five innings,” Shaffer said. “Then we made a couple of mistakes and it kind of snowballed into letting them get a few runs.”

Straub was the losing pitcher in the second game. Alex Brummel pitched in relief. Austin, Morrison, Quinton Kichak and Leland Yonkin had hits. Kichak also had an RBI.

“We’re looking good, we have a lot of strong pitchers,” Kichak said. “We have to work on our hitting. We hit a lot of popups. We usually leave a lot (of runners) stranded.”

Reed City is home Friday against Crossroads.

“We’re still pretty young and we have lot of guys used to losing, since baseball around here hasn’t been too strong,”  Shaffer said. “Overall, in the second game, we played better. We gave up some runs. They hit the ball well and we hit the ball at their guys. They made some good plays. It was a fun baseball night.”