Reed City, Pine River split softball LAT doubleheader

PITCH: Reed City’s Sidni Rushford delivers a pitch against Pine River on Wednesday in Local Area Teams League action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

PITCH: Reed City’s Sidni Rushford delivers a pitch against Pine River on Wednesday in Local Area Teams League action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BRISTOL — Reed City and Pine River carried their softball rivalry into the summer months on Wednesday.

The two Local Area Teams League members played a doubleheader at Bristol Fields.

Reed City won the first game 12-0 and Pine River took the nightcap 11-8.

Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher for Reed City, allowing zero runs and one hit while striking out seven in five innings.

“I was pretty happy with how Sidni Rushford pitched,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We’re practicing one day a week and playing one day a week.”

Taylor Cutler had two hits, while Rushford and Bailey Brummel had one hit apiece.

Alexis Bennett took the loss, allowing five hits and striking out six in 4 1/3 innings.

Kourtney Brock gave up three hits, three walks and struck out one.

Bennett had a triple.

In the second game, Brock got the win with two hits, one walk, and two strikeouts in three innings.

Bekah Dean had a double and two singles; Hannah Hill had two singles and a RBI; Bennett had another triple with a RBI; Jordan Wanstead added a single with a RBI; Denton had a two-run single and Brock added a single.

“Sidni Rushford had our number in Game 1, but I’m proud of putting up 11 runs in the second game,” Pine River coach Laura Mumby said. “She shut us down in the first game well.

“We’re moving our girls around a little bit. Most of them are showing up all the time. I like the commitment we have from them being here this summer and getting some good playing time.”

Maddie Morgan started on the mound for Reed City in the nightcap and pitched one inning. Rushford went the final five innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out six. Morgan and Cutler had two hits apiece. Amy Helsel had a hit.

“I thought we struggled a little bit hitting,” Steig said. “That’s normal for summer.”

Games resume on July 6. Reed City plays Marion at Bristol and Pine River is at Tri County.

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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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