Big Rapids summer softball team downs Reed City 19-1

Kelby Strpko is among the players on the Big Rapids summer team. (Pioneer file photo)

REED CITY — It was only three innings of the first summer softball game of the season in the Local Area Teams (LAT) League.

But Big Rapids served noticed it’s ready for the future with a 19-1 victory over Reed County on Wednesday in a LAT League game.

The game was called after three innings because of the rain and field conditions. Teams mainly consist of girls who will be freshmen through seniors for the 2020 season.

Bill Squires is coaching the Big Rapids team, which had 15 girls at the Reed City game.

Among the players from the 2019 Big Rapids team included Josie Prince, Kelby Strpko, Jaylynn Gray and Olivia Teceno.

“We had a mixture of JV girls who were there and some incoming freshmen,” Squires said.

Rylie Haist, who will be a freshmen next year, pitched for Big Rapids.

“Josie Cornell, she’s an incoming freshmen too, and she caught,” Squires said. “They played very well and hit the ball well tonight.”

Scores are kept but the biggest emphasis of summer games, Squires noted, is for players to become familiar with each other and get in some softball work.

“A lot of the girls play in different positions than they normally play,” Squires said. “We’re looking to fill spots on the various levels. It gives opportunity to play kids in different positions.”

Reed City coach Roger Steig said he had several of his players out-of-town involved in other activities. His No. 1 pitcher from the spring season, Maddie Morgan, pitched, but walked eight batters, hit seven other batters and allowed six hits.

“She had a rough outing,” Steig said. “They roughed her up pretty good.”

Other Reed City players returning from this past season include Alaina SteinCassie Enos and Lily Andres.

Big Rapids and Reed City are in a league which will play every Wednesday this summer through July 24. Next Wednesday Reed City is home against Cadillac and Big Rapids is home against Tri County.

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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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