Reed City girls fall in tournament finals

Devin Willard finished had two hits in game one and one hit in game two. (Pioneer file photo)

REED CITY — Reed City lost 6-0 to Kalkaska on Saturday in the title game of the St. Francis Invitational.

Reed City won its pool with wins over Charlevoix 10-9 and Saint Francis 9-4.

Against Charlevoix the winning pitcher was Sidni Rushford, who gave up nine runs, six earned on seven hits, striking out four and walking two. Leading hitter was Jordyn Storch with four hits including a double.

With two hits each was Devin Willard (with a double), Sidni Rushford, Alyssa Olds (with a double), Maddie Morgan and Cassie Enos.

In game 2, with Saint Francis, Morgan was the winning pitcher. She gave up four runs, all earned, on eight hits, striking out two and walking one. Storch came in relief in the fifth inning and gave up one hit before getting the final out and getting credit for the save.

Leading hitters were Storch and Mady Brown with two hits each. With one hit were Devin Willard, Rushford, Olds (a double) and Morgan.

In the championship game, pitcher of record was Rushford who gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits, striking out one and walking none. Leading hitter was Kamryn Myers with two hits.

Reed City’s overall record is 12-3 and 6-0 in conference.

BASEBALL

Reed City baseball 1-1

Reed City’s baseball team was 1-1 at the St. Francis Invitational. The Coyotes beat Charlevoix 12-6.

Brandon Wirth got the win, pitching all six innings. He scattered 11 hits, gave up six earned runs, walked four, and struck out four.

Hunter Morrison led the way at the plate with four hits, scoring three times, stealing three bases, and batting in three RBI. Payton Hansen had three hits, a walk, and two stolen bases. Cody Kailing and Brandon Major both had two hits apiece.

St. Francis topped Reed City 10-4.

Morrison got the loss on the mound, going 3 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs with only one earned while striking out four with no walks. Hunter Diehl gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings with only two being earned, and fanned two.

“Bryce Grannis pitched a scoreless last inning,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said.

Kailing, Jeffery Phenix, Stephen Shewan, Hansen, and Grannis all had a hit each in the game. Shewan had three RBIs.

“We came out flat the first game and had a couple errors,” Shaffer said. “Luckily we were able to come back and score a lot of runs. In the second game we did the same thing and could never recover. St Francis is a really good team, ranked No. 2 in Division 3. You cannot give up seven unearned runs and expect to win a baseball game against good teams.

“Overall it was a good measuring stick weekend for us that allowed us to see what we need to work on and get better at. We will recover and move on.”

Reed City is 9-2 and plays at the Sanford Meridian Invitational on Saturday.

Chippewa Hills loses two

Chippewa Hills’ baseball team lost a pair of games at home on Saturday and fell from the unbeaten ranks.

The Warriors are now 8-2.

Chippewa Hills lost 9-3 to Forest Hills Eastern and 13-4 to Petoskey. Austin Young was the losing pitcher against FHE. Ty Jose took the loss against Petoskey.

Dylan Sharp and Garrett Sprague were among the leading hitters for the Warriors.

“We played two very good teams,” Warrior coach Ben Wright said. “It was our seventh and eighth games of the week. We played really well up to that point. I’m not taking anything away from the two teams that beat us. It was a long week. It was a good week. We were 6-2 on the week. It was our home tournament. We have things you have to work on. We know that.

“It’s been a tough spring with the weather. But we’re doing a lot of things really well. We have to get into a routine. All the teams around have been in the same boat. This team will improve with the same routine and more practice.”

The Warriors are at Grant on Tuesday and at Sacred Heart on Thursday.

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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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