Reed City baseball, softball teams continue to win

REED CITY — Reed City softball and baseball teams both won nonleague doubleheaders on Thursday.

The softball Coyotes beat Manistee 10-7 in eight innings to open the twinbill. Sidni Rushford went one inning on the mound, allowing four runs on five hits, striking out one. Maddie Morgan went the rest of the way.

Rushford had three hits. Alyssa Olds had two while Kamryn Myers, Morgan, Jordyn Storch, Casie Enos and Kiera Barker had one apiece.

Storch was the winning pitcher in the second game, an 8-5 Coyote win. She went five innings and allowed five runs on four hits, walking one. Rushford came in middle relief and Myers finished up.

Storch and Rushford had three hits apiece. Two of Storch’s hits were over-the-fence home runs. She also had a double. Myers, Morgan, Willard and Olds and Barker also had hits.

Reed City plays at home on Tuesday against Big Rapids.


The Coyotes swept Hart 12-4 and 12-7 on Thursday.

Winning pitcher in the first game was Payton Hansen, who started and pitched two innings before Cody Kailing went 3.1 innings. Stephen Shewan went the final 2.1 innings.

Jeff Phenix and Payton Hansen had three hits apiece. Hansen had three RBIs. Shewan and Dillon Hooper added two hits each.

Bryce Grannis started game 2 and went four innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits while striking out six. Shewan pitched the final inning and got the win while allowing a hit and striking out one.

Hunter Morrison and Simon Moreno each had a hit and three RBIs. Kailing had a hit with two RBIs.

Reed City was 1-1 at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday.

The Coyotes lost 2-1 to Petoskey.

Morrison started and went five innings with fice strikeouts. He gave up one unearned run. Kailing got the loss going 1 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run.

Brandon Major and Kailing each had a hit and Kailing had the lone RBI. Phenix had a double.

“We lost to a very good Petoskey team but we shot ourselves in the foot more then once on offense,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “We stranded a lot of runners and got picked off at first base with the bases loaded. Overall it was a good game for us but we need to find a way to win the tight games to take the next step.”

Reed City beat Chippewa Hills 7-2 in another game at Petoskey. Brandon Wirth went five innings and got the win on the mound. He struck out two and gave up two runs. Phenix pitched a scoreless sixth inning with a strikeout and a walk to get the save.

Major had two doubles with two RBI. Hansen had two hits and an RBI.

“It was a consolation game against a very familiar opponent in Chip Hills,” Shaffer said. “I’m glad we were able to come away with a win.”

Reed City is 17-4. The Coyotes host Big Rapids on Tuesday.



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

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