Reed CIty baseball team win another title

Reed CIty’s baseball team is district champs.

REED CITY — Make it two straight district titles for Reed City’s baseball team.

The Coyotes defeated Pine River 11-1 in the title game of the Division 3 district on Saturday.

Hunter Morrison was sharp again in six innings of work, allowing two hits and no walks. Payton Hansen had two hits and two runs scored. Brandon Major had three hits and one run scored.

“We played loose,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “When we play loose we play really well. We kind of attacked their pitches. They didn’t really throw anybody that hard. We put the ball in play and good things happen. It was a good game and a good overall effort. Obviously Hunter Morrison our ace, our best pitcher carried us again. He struck out eight in a row at one point.”

The first game, a 3-2 semifinal victory over Mason County Central, had some scary moments for the Coyotes. They took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning with Brandon Wirth on the mound. He wound up taking the win but needed relief help from Morrison who retired the side after MCC had scored two runs.

Phenix had a double and two singles for the Coyotes.

“The first inning, Brandon was little shaky and let a couple of guys on and our defense pulled us out,” Shaffer said. “He closed out and maybe got tired. They got some guys on. We had some errors. It’s playoff baseball.”

“I was hitting my spots and throwing good,” Morrison said. “The curveball was working and the changeup was all right.”

MCC had a .500 record.

“Their kid threw strikes,” Shaffer said.

After the second game, Shaffer was asked to compare the two district titles.

“They’re two different animals,” he said. “Last year, nobody expected us to do it this year, I think the pressure was on us and we got it done. It was just as sweet. Now we’re looking forward to the regionals and our next goal of getting a regional championship.”

The Coyotes play at Standish Sterling on Saturday against the host school at 10 a.m.

 

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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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