Sports roundup: May 4-5


FARWELL — Big Rapids won the second CSAA jamboree on Wednesday, shooting 302 at Eagle Glen Golf Course. Carter Bechaz carded a 73, while Pierce Morrissey and Fletcher Bolda each shot 74.

Chippewa Hills placed second with a 352, led by Robert Burnell’s 78.


Reed City 16-18, Grant 0-1

GRANT — Jules Griffin pitched a no-hitter in the opener of a Central State Activities Association Gold Division doubleheader on Tuesday. Both games went four innings.

Griffin had a perfect game until the last out. A batter reached base on an error. Griffin struck out six. Kamryn Myers had three hits, while Alyssa Olds, Bailey Brummel and Katianne Hansen had two apiece. Griffin, Olivia Lawson, Devin Willard and Ally Yarger had one hit apiece.

Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher in the second game. She gave up one run on two hits, striking out three and walking none. Myers had two hits, while Griffin, Lawson and Yarger had one apiece.

“We said the month of April is a month of learning and May is the month to get it done,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We played really well.”

Reed City (8-10, 3-3 CSAA) is at Big Rapids on Friday.

Tri County 12-18 Chippewa Hills 0-17

HOWARD CITY — Tri County scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 18-17 win over the Warriors in the nightcap on Tuesday. Chippewa Hills had six errors compared to five for Tri County. Jessica Earl had four hits for the Warriors. Sadie Metcalf had five RBIs and Sydney Wright added two RBIs.

Chippewa Hills is at Central Montcalm on Tuesday.

McBain 12-15, Pine River 5-5

LEROY — Kyla Johnson had two singles for the Bucks in the opener on Tuesday.

Johnson had a hit and three RBIs in the nightcap.

Pine River is home against Mesick on Thursday.


Reed City 12, Grant 7 (9 innings)

GRANT — Hunter Morrison was the winning pitcher on Tuesday, going all nine innings, striking out 13 and walking one. He helped himself at the plate with five hits, including two doubles. Jeffrey Phenix had three hits and scored twice. Gabe Miller had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Leland Yonkin had two hits and two RBIs, including a double.

The second game was suspended 4-4 in the fifth inning because of darkness.

Reed City (9-8, 2-2 CSAA Gold) is at Big Rapids on Friday.

Evart 11-13, Lake City 4-4

EVART — Layne Nadig was the winning pitcher in relief in the first game on Tuesday. Robbie Tapling had three hits, while Chris Imhoff had two doubles and three RBIs. Josh Dorn had two singles and four RBIs; Andrew Bengry had a double and two RBIs; and Layne Nadig added two singles and two RBI. Jericho VanScoyoc and Billy Conklin both had one hit.

Bengry was the winning pitcher in the second game.

Bengry had three singles and two RBIs; Imhoff had two singles, a double and RBI; Dorn, Trevin Ladd and Nadig had singles, while Karsten Allen and VanScoyoc both had a single and RBI.

Evart (8-6, 3-0 Highland) is at Beal City on Tuesday.

Pine River 4-4 McBain 1-0

LEROY — Pine River’s winning streak reached eight games with a sweep over Highland Conference opponent McBain on Tuesday.

Grant Ruppert was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing one earned run on four hits and walking one. Dylan Loop, Ruppert and Marcus Washington had two hits apiece. Ruppert had a RBI.

Raden Holmes was the winning pitcher in the second game. He struck out eight and allowed three hits and three walks. Tristen Nelson and Marcus Washington both had two hits and a RBI. Matt Goodenow had a double.

“Our pitchers threw strikes and we played solid defense,” Ruppert said. “We had some baserunning errors in the second game that cost us. Overall, I was happy with how we played and kept our heads in the game.”


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

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