REED CITY \u2014 It was a sweet celebration for the Reed City baseball team Saturday at Evart in the Division 3 districts. The 5-2 semifinal win over Pine River and 8-4 title game win over Lake City gave the Coyotes their first district title since 2000. Reed City takes a 19-13 record to the Division 3 regionals at Lakeview on Saturday. \u201cHopefully it shows that we\u2019ll accomplish a lot more,\u201d said first-year coach Scott Shankel. \u201cThe kids are working hard and believing in what we\u2019re doing.\u201d The Coyotes have won seven straight. \u201cWe\u2019re playing great baseball right now,\u201d Shankel said. \u201cBefore that, we lost three games at the Cadillac tournament. They decided they didn\u2019t want to end their season that way.\u201d At Lakeview, the Coyotes will open at 10 a.m. against a Central Montcalm team it defeated twice during the regular season. \u201cIt\u2019s tough to beat a team three times, but whoever won that district, we have already played twice,\u201d Shankel said. \u201cThey seem to hit the ball decent. At the same time, I\u2019d rather control what we do. I want us to play mistake free baseball and for our pitchers to throw strikes.\u201d Muskegon Oakridge and Mason County Central are in the other bracket. \u201cI think our shot is as good as anyone else\u2019s,\u201d Shankel said. Against Pine River, Stieg went seven innings, allowing only four hits and striking out nine. Josh Justin had two hits and an RBI. Dylan Kichak, Alex Repo and Stieg all had hits and an RBI. In the second game, Codie Strach went five innings, allowing five hits and four runs and fanning six batters, Stieg went the final two innings for the save. Repo had two hits and scored two runs while Glen Ryder had two hits and two RBIs against Lake City. Kichak and Strach both had hits. \u201cOur pitching was good, our defense was solid and we didn\u2019t make many errors and we hit the ball really well,\u201d Justin said. \u201cI was hitting my spots,\u201d Stieg said. \u201cThe last few games, I\u2019ve been pitching the best performances I\u2019ve had. I know I have a defense behind me to help me out.\u201d If the Coyotes win the regionals, they\u2019ll play next Tuesday in the quarterfinals. \u201cIt sounds like we have a good chance of winning,\u201d Stieg said. \u201cCentral Montcalm is beatable. Against the other side of the bracket, I think it\u2019s anyone\u2019s game. We need to get the bat on the ball, putting it somewhere.\u201d Reed City beat Manton 11-0 in a predistrict game at Evart in five innings on June 1. The Coyotes had a nine-run fourth inning featuring a pair of RBI doubles from Kichak and a bases-clearing triple by Justin. Stieg struck out 11 batters and allowed one hit.