Big Rapids and Reed City baseball teams split ahead of CSAA conference

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BIG RAPIDS — Sam Daugherty was thrilled his Big Rapids baseball team could play for the first day in over a week.

He was also happy his side came back for an 8-5 victory Thursday in non-league action with Shepherd after losing the opener 16-11 in six sets. Game two was called off late in the fourth due to darkness.

“It was great to be out and play,” Daugherty said. “It was great. You need game reps like everyone else. The only problem with today was the wind. It was brutal and it was tough on both teams.


“We hit well, managed goals well and scored a lot of points in the first game. Our problem was to launch strikes. We allowed 17 free passes with 11 walks and six hits. It was brutal conditions. We are a work in progress. Was young. Eight of the nine starters will return next year. Were trying to develop a divine ball club. We are limiting pitchers to 50 pitches per game at this time. We try to get everyone to pitch.

The second game, “we fixed some of the things that we needed,” Daugherty said. “We threw on contact. We continue to hit the ball and manage the goals well, and we have also lined up better. »

“Game one started slow, but game two we started picking it up,” Brody Sleeper said. “We acted like a better ball club.”

In Game 1, Sleeper hit one hit with two RBIs and three runs scored. Mayson McNeilly had four hits with three runs scored, Ben Knuth had one hit and Jacob McLeod had one hit and RBI.

Four pitchers pitched for BR.

In Game 2, Bradyn Foster had two hits with an RBI. Sleeper had two hits and two RBIs. Zocco had two hits and an RBI. Ven nix had a hit and RBI. Sleeper was the winning pitcher in three working innings. vernix kicked off an inning.

Big Rapids travels to Traverse City West on Saturday for a twinbill and has conference games next week at Newaygo on Tuesday and plays at home with Fremont on Friday.

Big Rapids is 3-1.

Reed City v Kingsley

Reed City won the opener 13-9 in the opener of a doubleheader on Thursday. Game 2 was called short due to darkness with Kingsley leading 4-2.

In the opener for Reed City, Spencer Hansen had one hit and two BRIs. Max Hammond and Xavier Alen had hits and an RBI. Bryce Wein had three RBIs. Trent Howell, Isaac Williams and Isaiah Moore all added a hit. Canyon Morgan had two hits.

Noah Morgan was the winning pitcher in Game 1. He allowed five hits in four innings and struck out six.

Hansen had two hits in Game 2. Hammond, Xavier Allen, Howell and Moore had one each. Hansen went three innings on the mound.

Reed City are 3-4 and play Traverse City St Francis on Saturday.

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