Kichak leads Coyotes to sweep

REED CITY — Dylan Kichak probably hasn’t had a more memorable hit than the one he delivered on Thursday night.
He’ll most likely remember it for awhile.
Kichak had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Reed City Coyotes to a 6-5 victory over Mesick in the first game of a non-league baseball doubleheader.
Reed City won the second game 9-2.

UNDER THE TAG: Dylan Kichak of Reed City (left) applies the tag but not before a Mesick player slides into third base during Thursday's baseball action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

The Coyotes were trailing 5-3 going into their last at-bats in the opener. One run scored on a passed ball and Kichak delivered his game-winning single, a line drive over second base, with one out.
“I was just trying to hit the ball somewhere,” he said. “This gives us momentum.”
Kichak pitched the first six innings. Josh Justin went the final inning on the mound and got the win.
Alex Repo had two hits for the Coyotes while Michael Buss, Ricky Droke, Justin, Kichak and Codie Strach had one hit apiece. Buss also had two RBIs.
In the second game, Strach went the first three innings as the Reed City starter while Evan Stieg went two innings and Justin hurled the final two.
The Coyotes had five hits with two apiece for Justin and Strach and one for Kichak. Justin and Strach both had two RBIs.
“It took us awhile to get going,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel. “We had a slow start. But I thought we finished the first game great. Winning in your last at bat you always think it’s great. We kept battling.
“The last game, the kids were comfortable the whole game and they did a good job running the bases and producing runs.”
Reed City ends the regular season at 15-13. The Coyotes play Manton 4 p.m. Tuesday at Evart in non-league play.
“It’s a great way to finish the season heading into districts where we’ve got Manton,” Shankel said. “We played them before and split with them. They didn’t see our best and we didn’t see their best pitching-wise. It’s a even-matched game. It will be a decent game.”
“We have to stay focused from the first pitch to the last pitch,” Kichak said.

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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