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Cadillac 13-15, Reed City 2-0
COMSTOCK PARK — It was almost ideal baseball weather for Reed City’s and Cadillac’s nonconference doubleheader at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday, but the final result wasn’t as ideal for the Coyotes as the Vikings came away with a sweep.
The Vikings picked up a 13-2 victory in four and a half innings in the opener before claiming a 15-0 victory after four innings in the nightcap on the homefield of the West Michigan Whitecaps.
While the final outcome wasn’t the desired result, the annual trip to Fifth Third Ballpark to face the Vikings has become a special tradition for the Coyotes.
“It’s way nicer to play on this field,” Reed City’s Josh Saez said. “It’s pretty fun. It gives us something to look forward to in a season. I’ve never been a part of a team that’s been down here before this, so it’s nice to come down here and compete.”
Trevor Theil took the loss for the Coyotes on the mound after giving up six hits and striking out four in 3 1-3 innings. Offensively, Phenix was 3-for-3 with a double, Austin Hansen went 2-for-2 and Saez tallied two doubles.
Kyle Wright pitched 1 1-3 innings for the Coyotes as the starting pitcher in he rematch before giving way to Straub, who pitched the final 3 2-3 innings. The Coyotes only tallied three hits in the nightcap with Straub, Saez and Derrick Rasor each recording a hit in the contest.
REED CITY AT CLARE
CLARE — The Reed City Coyotes softball team was in tournament action in Clare on Saturday.
The Coyotes lost their first-round matchup with the host Pioneers, 15-0 with Julianne Griffin taking the loss from the mound after tossing six strikeouts and allowing 15 runs on 15 hits.
Clare’s hurler threw a perfect game to secure the first-round win for the home team.
The last game for the Coyotes game against Harbor Springs and was a barn-burner with Reed City picking up a 13-12 win in seven innings.
After four and a half innings the Coyotes were down 11-5, but they got two runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull within four runs. Going into the bottom of the sixth the umpire told the Coyotes that the game would be over at the end of the inning due to tournament time limits.
Amy Squires walked to start the inning and the Coyotes had six hits in a row to score four runs and tie it up at 11-11, sending the game into extra innings. Harbor Springs got one run in the top of the inning, but Cassidy hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 13-12 victory and third-place finish for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes had two pitchers throw in the game with Olivia Lawson going two innings and tossing one strikeout while allowing six hits and four runs. Griffin came in to pitch the last five innings and had one strikeout with 10 hits and eight runs allowed in the victory.
Taylor Steig, Lindsey Greer, Lawson and Brittany Cassidy all tallied three hits for the Coyotes in the second game while Brittani Yarger had two hits and Ally Yarger and Skyler Brigham each had one apiece.
Reed City (4-6, 1-3 CSAA) returns to action home Thursday against Manton.
PINE RIVER BESTED BY BEAVERTON
BEAVERTON — The Pine River Bucks softball team was shut out by Beaverton on Wednesday night in the first game by a final tally of 5-0 while they battled to a close 4-3 loss in the nightcap.
Brooke Pennington took the loss for the Bucks in the opener as she went all five innings and tossed two strikeouts on 81 pitches. Jenna Johnson, Morgann Kanouse and Jenny Wickens had the three lone singles for the Bucks in the loss.
In the second game Pine River found some offense, taking a 2-1 lead after two innings of play, but Beaverton fought back with one run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 4-3 victory.
Alexis Stokely took the loss from the mound with two strikeouts and two walks through five innings of play. Stokely helped her own cause, going 2-for-2 with a double while Erin Millen and Kanouse each had one RBI apiece in the second setback.
WILDCATS SWEPT BY LAKE CITY
EVART — The Evart softball team lost two games to Lake City on Wednesday night as the Wildcats fell 6-1 in the first game and 8-3 in the nightcap.
Sam Bressler picked up the losses from the mound in both games and offensively the Wildcats were able to hit the ball, but just weren’t able to string anything together to score runs as they left a lot of runners on base throughout both games.
Lorraine Foster had a single while Kendra Foster had four singles throughout the evening. Bressler also added two singles and two RBIs in the losses.
EVART 0-2 at CHIPPEWA HILLS
REMUS — Chippewa Hills beat Evart 14-4, in the first game of the day in Saturday’s Chippewa Hills Invitational.
Both teams stayed neck-and-neck until the top of the fourth as Evart’s Sam Bressler had an RBI to go ahead 4-3, but the Wildcat lead wouldn’t last for long as Hali Earl brought home another Warrior run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-4.
The Warriors found their footing in the bottom of the fifth, starting a scoring run on a two-RBI double from Ellie Lalonde.
“We played pretty well in the first game,” Evart coach Jeff Bressler said. “We were right there with them until the fifth inning.”
Bressler took the loss for the Wildcats.
Sabrina McKay had a double for the Wildcats in the setback.
Evart would go on to lose to Saranac in the consolation game, 15-0, with Nateleigh Burhans taking the loss on the mound, but Bressler was impressed by her effort.
“The highlight for us in the second game was Nateleigh Burhans throwing her first pitches on varsity,” he said. “She shows promise and, for the future, that’s real awesome.”
CADILLAC SWEEPS COYOTES
CADILLAC — The Reed City Coyotes were on the losing end of a nonconference doubleheader against Cadillac on Thursday night as the Vikings won 6-0 and 16-1 on their homefield.
Olivia Lawson took the lost in the first game for the Coyotes after walking two, striking out four and giving up three hits and six runs. The Coyotes only mustered three hits in the opener from Brittani Yarger, Julianne Griffin and Nicole Smith in the 6-0 loss.
Yarger started the second game on the mound for the Coyotes and pitched for two innings with one walk while she allowed eight hits and eight runs. Lawson came on in relief with three walks and one strikeout with two hits and eight runs surrendered in the setback. Lindsey Greer had the lone Coyote hit in the nightcap.
BUCKS DROP TWO TO RAMBLERS
LEROY — The Pine River softball team suffered a pair of setbacks to McBain in its first Highland Conference doubleheader of the season, Thursday.
The Bucks (2-10, 0-2 Highland) suffered 12-4 loss in the first game before falling on the wrong end of a 4-3 score in the nightcap.
Brooke Pennington took the pitching loss in the first contest, giving up eight earned runs on nine hits. Pennington walked eight batters and struck out five.
Jenny Wickens led the Bucks offensively by going 3-for-4 with an RBI while Alyssa Johnson was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
In the nightcap, Alexis Stokley took the loss on the mound after giving up four earned runs on seven hits in addition to two strikeouts.
Pennington had a hit and an RBI for the Bucks while Kassy Nelson and Wickens each went 2-for-4 at the plate.