Reed City baseball sweeps CCA in nonleague action

SLIDE: Reed City’s Quinton Kichak (front) slides in to second base as Brooks Angell (back) applies a tag. The Coyotes won both games of the doubleheader. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

SLIDE: Reed City’s Quinton Kichak (front) slides in to second base as Brooks Angell (back) applies a tag. The Coyotes won both games of the doubleheader. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It was two entirely different nonleague baseball games Friday, but Reed City prevailed twice over Crossroads Charter Academy.

The Coyotes took the opener 10-0 in five innings, and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

“It was good to get two wins,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “Overall, we played well and had fun playing on a nice day like this. We had guys playing different positions.”

Hunter Morrison went the distance for Reed City (8-8) in the opener, striking out eight and allowing one hit and no walks.

Logan Straub had two hits and a walk; Leland Yonkin had a hit, two RBI and scored three times; Gabe Miller had a double and two RBI and Morrison had a hit, walk and RBI.

Ben Martinez took the loss for CCA (9-4) in the opener. Adam Frisbie had the only Cougars hit.

Nate Worrall went the first five innings for Reed City in the nightcap, striking out three and walking nine. Straub went the final two, had two strikeouts and earned the win.

Quinton Kichak had two hits and a walk, while Morrison and Straub both had a hit and RBI.

“Simon Moreno played his first game on varsity and made good plays at second base,” Shaffer said. “(CCA) is a good team this year and it’s good to get two wins. We have conference games next week, so we’re trying to move forward.”

Cameron Austin reached base on an error to open the Coyote seventh inning. Pinch runner Jacob Rodriguez advanced to second on Kichak’s bunt single. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Rodriguez scored the winning run on a play at the plate after Morrison’s ground ball to third.

“The first game got a little out of hand, but the second game was good where we battled hard,” CCA coach Jim Davis said. “The kids got to see some situations and do different things. It was good to battle hard. That’s what we’re looking for. We’re working on doing the little things.”

CCA tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth on Frisbie’s RBI groundout.

Brooks Angell had three hits, while Levi Davis, Martinez, Zach Rardin and Luke Zandstra had one apiece.

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Posted by John Raffel

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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