Williams' move to catcher a boon for Reed City baseball

Coyote senior reflects on championship season

Isaac Williams



John Raffel

REED CITY – The second half of the baseball season was a good one for the Reed City baseball team and also for senior catcher Isaac Williams.

Williams played a key role in Reed City’s drive to a Central State Activities Association Gold Division and district title.  The Coyotes lost in the regional title game.

Williams batted .326 with 30 hits, 20 RBIs, 32 runs scored and 12 steals. 

“The entire second half of the season was great for Isaac,” Reed City coach Eric Grannis said. “He really struggled with the colder weather, and once the weather broke he was able to really hit his stride at the plate and finished in the .300s with average. He also filled in a huge hole behind the plate for us. He handled our pitching staff tremendously.

“We feel that we have three great pitchers, and Isaac caught all three  of them. Beyond the plate he totaled 300 putouts. He also called 95 percent of the pitches this season. He had a great first and only season behind the plate, and he will be hard to replace.”

Williams said this was his best varsity season.

“It’s been a good year,” he said late in the season. “We won conference for the first time in awhile.”

Williams was happy making the move to catcher.

“It’s been fun, but hard work,” he said. “You have to be focused every time.”

Williams also accepted the challenge of calling pitches.

“A lot of things go into it, obviously,” Williams said. “It depends how they’re pitching that day, how their curveball and changeup is working and things like that. Our different pitchers have different pitches they really like.”

As for his hitting, he was 5-for-6 in a regular-season doubleheader against Evart.

It was obviously an extremely successful Reed City baseball season.

“It’s definitely been our pitching,” Williams said. “We had a great group of pitchers. They’ve been lights out most games.”

Williams played football and basketball in the past but this year focused on baseball.

“I’ve played baseball my whole life and it’s fun,” he said. “It’s more relaxed than other sports. I have fun in the dugout with the guys.”


Favorite athlete: Payton Manning

Favorite food: Steak and lobster

Favorite subject in school: Gym

Favorite movie: Diehard

Favorite activity outside of sports: Video games

Career goal: Be a lawyer