Tuesday showdown of undefeated CSAA baseball powers: Reed City vs. Big Rapids

Big Rapids baseball coach Sam Daugherty talks with his players.

REED CITY — It’s Big Rapids vs. Reed City in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action on Tuesday for baseball and softball.

Both twinbills are at Reed City and will start at 4 p.m.

The baseball games are extremely critical with both teams undefeated in the league.

Big Rapids is 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the CSAA. There 14 league games.

The Cardinals continue to battle the weather which rained out Saturday’s Tom Ryan Tournament.

“We are starting to play better as the weather gets better. But we still need a lot of game reps defensively,” Cardinal coach Sam Daugherty said. “Hitting continues to be our strength and pitching has been solid.

“The key to these two games will be pitching and defense, whoever makes the least mistakes, just like last year’s games in BR.”

There’s still plenty of league games remaining, especially for the Cardinals who host Chippewa Hills on May 22. The Warriors have just two league losses but those were both to Reed City last week

“These games are important because they will provide the winner with a leg up for the conference championship,” Daugherty said. “If last year’s games are any indication these should be two excellent high school baseball games. Most of these guys play summer ball together so they know each other well and it should make for a highly competitive contest.”

Reed City coach Marty Shaffer agrees.

“It’s a big series for us, as we feel like if we beat Big Rapids then we just need to beat Central Montcalm the following week to win the conference,” Shaffer said. “This is one of our goals for the year as a team so we hope we can accomplish it.

Reed City is currently 17-4 and 9-0 in the CSAA.

“We have played well overall but need to tighten up on some of the small mental mistakes we are making to get to the next level,” Shaffer said. “We have four losses this year with those coming from teams that were in the state semifinals or finals last year in their respective divisions. The other two are from Sanford-Meridian and Petoskey by 2-1 scores.

“The main key to winning the two (Big Rapids) games will be defense and playing a clean game on that end. I think both teams have good offenses and will put the ball into play. It will come down on who can play the best defense.”

Reed City and Big Rapids softball teams hope to make a move in the standings with Tuesday’s twinbill.

 

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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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