All-CSAA baseball team cites three Coyote players

REED CITY — Coach Scott Shankel had several excellent players on his Reed City baseball team this spring and included in that group were three performers recognized by the Central State Activities Association on its all-conference teams.

Sean Woodside, an outfielder and third baseman, was selected to the second team while pitcher Ray Phenix and infielder Ryan Willis were on the honorable mention list.

Woodside a senior, batted .338 with 24 hits, 20 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, two homers, and eight RBIs. A pitcher, he was 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA.

“Sean started out real slow this year,” said Shankel. “But the second half of the season, he really turned it on. We worked on his swing a little bit as the year went on. He really improved.

“He did a great job. He had the most power on the team. Speedwise, he got caught once out of 22 times. He was phenomenal as far as speed. He was solid in the field for us.”

Phenix, a sophomore infielder, scored 13 runs and had 25 hits while batting .373 and collecting nine doubles, two triples and 12 RBIs. As a pitcher, he was 3-6 with a 4.36 ERA.

“He was probably our No. 1 as the year went on and was our most consistent,” Shankel said. “He had a couple of rough outings. As the year went on, he settled in and got more confidence in himself. He did good as a sophomore. He has to work on location.”

Willis, a senior, had 11 runs scored, 23 hits, four doubles and 17 RBIs while batting .261. He had a 2-5 pitching record.

“He was all-around probably our most competitive kid,” Shankel said. “His batting average wasn’t the best but he had timely hits and led us in RBIs.

“He was maybe our best infielder in general. I could put him anywhere. He hit the ball well. If I needed him to throw, he’d come in and throw.”