Coyote baseball looking forward to starting on new diamond
REED CITY — The debut of Reed City’s new baseball diamond will be delayed by a week or two but the Coyotes are ready to get their season under way.
The Coyotes were scheduled to be home Tuesday against Ludington and this Friday at home with Big Rapids. Those games will be at the old field behind the high school until the new field, located by the Rocket football facility, off of 14 Mile Road, is finished.
“We have to finish the backstop and put the roof on the dugouts,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “I’m hoping we’ll be on it next week.”
First-year baseball coach Scott Shankel was anxious to get his team into some live competition. He’s had limited opportunities to work with his players in recent weeks.
The new field will feature a bigger ballpark, Shankel noted, adding that the backstop will be deeper and the fences won’t be as short from home plate as they are at the present field.
Coach Roger Steig’s girls team will be home Friday against Big Rapids and at Pine River on Monday. Over the break, the coaches worked with the players that were available.
As with any team, coming into this week, squads were limited on getting outdoors because of the weather.
“We scrimmaged Evart last week on Wednesday,” Steig said. “We finally got outside.”