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Cardinals take down Coyotes in Monday's rivalry diamond doubleheader

A pair of games that could potentially decide the conference crown went down on Monday night at Big Rapids High School.

Reed City entered the contest 13-6 with a desperate need for a sweep against the 19-win Cardinals to stay in the conference title race. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, Big Rapids would sweep their senior day slate with 3-0 and 16-3 victories.

Game one’s pitching duel saw a combined 23 strikeouts from Reed City’s Max Hammond and Big Rapids’ Ty Gielczyk. Gielczyk went all seven innings while only allowing two hits and striking out 12. Isaac Zocco led the Cardinals with a triple and a single, two runs scored, and an RBI. Owen Craven scored the third run for Big Rapids.

Hammond went 5 2/3 innings on the mound for Reed City, allowing three runs on two hits with six walks and 11 strikeouts. Spencer Hansen and Hammond had the lone hits for the Coyotes.

“Max is an elite arm, and his velocity was the best I’ve seen,” Scarpelli said. “Our hitters stayed poised and attacked strikes. Ty Gielcyzk has now thrown two consecutive shutouts and has been dominant on the mound.”

Big Rapids blew open game two with eight first inning runs. Reed City would match the Cardinals’ two runs in the second and third innings but six runs in the fourth would be enough for Big Rapids to hold off the Coyotes following the fifth. The Cardinals were led by three triples and three runs scored from Caiden Schuberg and a double and two singles from Nick Teceno. Schuberg and Mason McNeilly registered four RBIs in the contest. Cole Haist went four innings on the mound for the Cardinals, allowing three hits and two runs on five strikeouts and three walks. Noah Sweppenheiser closed the final inning after allowing one run on one hit. 

Reed City was led by a triple and two singles from Hammond, followed by a single from Hansen. Hammond went 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits with six walks and 11 strikeouts. Caleb Somers started the game for the Coyotes and went one inning after allowing six earned runs on five hits. Maverick Conklin went three innings in relief, allowing eight runs on eight hits. 

According to Coach Scarpelli, he saw great things from his seniors that started in game two.

“Our hitters were ready to go and piled on runs early and consistently. Cole Haist wasn’t his sharpest, but he battled through and got it done. It was senior day, and every senior was able to contribute. Corbin Clark led the way with an RBI single. We are really going to miss these guys next year.”

The Cardinals move to 21-3 on the year while Reed City falls to 13-8. Big Rapids travels to Lakeview tonight in a doubleheader with the Wildcats while Reed City will host Manistee on Wednesday.


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