LEROY \u2014 Courtney Morgan had to admit that winning a predistrict game was especially rewarding to come against a team that frustrated her Reed City softball squad in the past: the Pine River Bucks. Morgan allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six in leading the Coyotes to a 10-5 predistrict win over the Bucks on Tuesday. Pine River, the defending district champs, defeated the Coyotes in the district finals two seasons ago. Earlier this season, with Reed City undefeated at 8-0, the Bucks handed the Coyotes a 9-4 loss. \u201cIt was cold and nobody wanted to play our last game. (Tuesday), we knew we had to come in and get the job done,\u201d Morgan said, adding that on her own pitching performance. \u201cI think I did pretty good.\u201d \u201cThe last time we played them, we made a lot of defensive changes,\u201d Reed City coach Roger Steig said. \u201cI think our strength of schedule the last few weeks of the season, we played a tough level of ball with the tournaments we went to in Belding and Portland\u2026 we learned a lot.\u201d The Coyotes were able to get out to a 5-0 lead against Pine River and pitcher Jamie Justin. In the first inning, Amanda Steig scored on a double steal. In the second, it was 2-0 after Steig\u2019s sacrifice fly and 4-0 after Emma Lockhart hit a two-run triple with a blast to the opposite field. The Bucks loaded the bases against Morgan in the second but the Coyote right hander struck out two batters and then retired Chelsea Nelson on a fly out. Steig scored on a wild pitch the top of the fourth for a 5-0 lead. Pine River got two runs back the bottom of the fourth on Alexis Sebastiano\u2019s RBI double and Kelsey Carper\u2019s RBI bounceout. But Reed City exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth for a 10-2 lead. RBI singles by Sam McDonald, Taylor Steig and Heather Huss highlighted the inning. Pine River loaded the bases in the sixth and Erica Buchner drove home a run. Kassy Nelson reached base on an error to make it 10-4. Pine River got a run back in the bottom of the seventh but it wasn\u2019t enough. Amanda Steig, Taylor Steig, Emma Lockhart, Huss and McDonald had two hits apiece. Ally Stieg, Morgan and Skiler Brigham also had hits. \u201cEvery inning, they came at us,\u201d Roger Steig said. \u201cWe were able to shut them down. That\u2019s a quality team we beat (Tuesday).\u201d Reed City is 25-9 and plays Lake City at Pine River on Saturday in district tourney action. Alex Sebastiano had three hits for the Bucks while Cayman Gatt had two hits and a double. Brooke Sebastiano and Eric Buchner also had hits. \u201cI give Reed City credit, they came ready to play and executed,\u201d said Pine River coach Laura Mumby. Pine River\u2019s season ends at 25-10. \u201cIt was a big deal for us to beat Pine River because they did give us our first loss,\u201d Morgan said. \u201cI can honestly say this is my first time on varsity that we beat Pine River and it feels great.\u201d Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from Tuesday's game.