Coyote baseball team looking for outdoor workouts this week

REED CITY  — A break in the weather on Monday of this week enabled the Reed City baseball team to see some limited action outdoors. Otherwise, the Coyotes will complete their fourth week so practices have predominately been inside.

Next week is spring break and the season resumes the week of April 14.

“We’ve been trying to hit and do some small area stuff,” said Reed City coach Marty Shaffer while standing in the gymnasium. “There’s not a lot of room here. We’re hoping we get outside pretty soon. We’ve been outside throwing in the parking lot. Nothing on the field. We’re trying to throw as much as we can when it’s nice out.”

The Coyotes usually try to get a game in prior to the spring break. Their game last week with Evart was canceled. Their next scheduled games are after break with Pine River April 17 and Gladstone April 18, both at home.

The varsity roster has 15 players. Returnees Ray Phenix and Eric Grannis will both be a pitcher and infielder.

“We have a lot of athletes,” Shaffer said. “Pretty much everyone is an athlete. We have options everywhere.”

Austin Hansen is back as catcher. Josh Saez will be a leader in the outfield. Lyle Wright has come out for baseball his senior season. James (Jimbo) Squires is a senior and will provide the Coyotes with ammunition at the plate.

“Those three we’ll rely on the most,” Shaffer said. “Everything is wide open. Everybody will have to play multiple positions. We don’t have anybody locked in anywhere.”

Shaffer can see where the team will have speed.

“We have to play lockdown defense, stop the other teams from scoring runs and play small ball,” he said, adding that this week “we’ll try to hit pretty hard and get everyone’s arm nice and tight and get after it after break.

“Everybody wants to be here. So far it’s been good. Everybody’s getting antsy to get outside and get more space.”