Moreno comes through for Reed City baseball

Simon Moreno was a clutch hitter for Reed CIty.

Simon Moreno was a clutch hitter for Reed CIty.

REED CITY – Simon Moreno’s junior season for the Reed City baseball team will be remembered for a long time.

The Coyotes won the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title and a district crown.

It was Moreno’s first full varsity season, as he played shortstop and second base.

Moreno had a home run in what may have been a turning point for the Coyotes in early May, belting the four-bagger to spark a doubleheader sweep over Chippewa Hills.

Throughout the season, Moreno had some key home runs and base hits for the Coyotes.

“I started out with a pretty good season, but toward the middle, I hit a rough patch,” he said.

The home run against Chippewa Hills was a definite confident boost for Moreno.

“You have to time the pitches,” he said.

As an infielder, “I usually knock the ball down and keep it in front of me,” Moreno said.

After the win against Chippewa Hills, the Coyotes kept winning until they lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic in the regional final. Moreno also had a walk-off homer in a key win over Central Montcalm.

“We have to keep our focus on the entire game the whole game,” he said.

But with Moreno, and the contributions of many others, including All-CSAA standouts like Cameron Austin, Hunter Morrison, Jeff Phenix, Derrick Rasor and Logan Straub. Several of them, like Moreno, a junior, will return next spring, making the Coyotes, along with Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills, the teams to beat in the CSAA.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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