Reed City coach explains the stunning success of his freshman third baseman

Hayden Cutler establishing impressive success for Coyotes

Hayden Cutler



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Hayden Cutler is among the freshmen who have been making a difference for the Reed City Coyotes this season.

She’s played softball since she could walk and also played for a travel team, the Evart Expos. during the summer, and said the experience was valuable.

“It’s very important,” she said. “It gives you more time on the field and gets your fundamentals working and keeps you active.”

Cutler has had some key hits for the Coyotes and has been happy with her batting average of higher than .300.

“She starts at third base and does an outstanding job taking care of that corner of the infield,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “She has established herself as our strongest power hitter leading the team in home runs. Against Marion she had a grand slam home Run.

“Hayden leads the team in RBIs with 27, leads in slugging percentage .524, is second on the team in stolen bases at 11 and third on our team in batting average at .321.”

She’s been this season at third base which has been a new position for her. She’s usually been an outfielder.  

“We were missing a third baseman so I said I’ll try it,” Cutler said. “You definitely have to keep your eyes up. I think I’ve been doing pretty good. It’s been a little shaky but I’ve had a few good plays. It’s going pretty good.”

Reed City started out 0-20 last year but this year has improved its record to finish second in the CSAA Gold.

“I think we’ve been definitely working harder and have a good group of girls coming through,” Cutler said. “We’ve all been putting the work through and it’s making us better.”

Against Manistee, Cutler belted a over-the-fence-home which was somewhat of a pleasant surprise.

“I knew I had the power in me but it was somewhat of a pleasant surprise when it went over,” Cutler said. 

She also plays basketball but said softball is definitely her favorite sport.

“It’s a good group of girls, and it’s fun,” Cutler said.

Reed City is home on Tuesday in a nonleague twinbill with Ludington and plays at Pine River on Saturday in district action.