Reed City softball team prevails in county tournament

AND THE PITCH: Reed City’s Maddie Morgan pitched a three-hitter on Saturday. (File photo)

AND THE PITCH: Reed City’s Maddie Morgan pitched a three-hitter on Saturday. (File photo)

EVART — Reed City’s girls softball team won the Osceola County Royal Rumble Tournament on Saturday.

The Coyotes defeated Pine River 6-5 and Evart 11-0.

Against Pine River, Reed City’s Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher.

She went all seven innings, giving up five runs and two earned on 10 hits, striking out nine and walking one. Devin Willard and Jordyn Storch had one hit.

With one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, and Pine River leading 5-4, Willard and Maddie Morgan pulled off a suicide squeeze play scoring two runs and giving Reed City the win.

In the second game, Morgan pitched a three-hitter and was the winning pitcher, going all five innings. She struck out six and walked one. She improved her season record to 7-1.

Leading hitter were Kamryn Myers with three hits, Drew Arnold with two hits and Storch, Willard, Maddi Sunderlin and Bailey Brummel with one hit.

Reed City is 10-6 overall and is at home Tuesday against Tri County in a
doubleheader.

Evart notched its first win of the season with a 16-7 win over Pine River. Sydney Sanders took the win, striking out six and walking two. Cyanna Dellar had three hits for the Wildcats.

“We kept our errors to a minimum and really hit well,” Evart coach Jeff Bressler said.

Danielle Conklin had a single and double for two RBIs. Sanders had a triple, while Nate Burhans had three RBIs.

In the loss to Reed City, “we played OK, defensively, but just couldn’t get out bats going,” Bressler said.

Pine River hurt itself with five errors against Evart. KayLee Goodman, Hannah Hill, Bekah Dean and Maddie Marks had hits for the Bucks. Kourtney Brock and Alexis Bennett pitched for Pine River.

The Bucks had 11 hits against Reed City, led by Goodman with three singles. Alexis Bennett with two singles and Hill with a single and double. Bennett went the distance, allowing three hits while striking out 14.

Evart is at Lake City,  Pine River at McBain and Reed City home with Tri County in Tuesday action.

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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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