Coyote freshman comes up big in key spot for softball team

REED CITY – Skiler Brigham has settled into a varsity role with the Reed City softball team very nicely.

That seemed to be the case Saturday at the Reed City Invitational.

Brigham had the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a 1-0 verdict over Comstock Park in the title game.

“She’s settled into a left field starting spot,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “She bats ninth for us. Coming up in bottom of the seventh with two outs, that’s a lot of pressure on a freshman. She had a nice base hit to win the game.”

Brigham took the first pitch for a pop fly single to right field.

“I just wanted to hit it so I could get that score in,” Brigham said. “When I was watching it, it looked like it was going to fall between the two (fielders).”

It was a memorable hit for Brigham.

“There were some others that were pretty good,” she said. “For my freshman year, I think I’ve been hitting it pretty good. You have to be patient and make sure it’s right in the strike zone, not too high not too low.”

Defensively she’s been happy with her progress.

“I’ve only had a couple of errors,” Brigham said. “I’ve improved a bunch. I didn’t even think I would make varsity.”

But she’s happy to be on the varsity while admitting it was intimidating at first.

“I thought I wasn’t good enough to be on the team,” she said. “Everyone motivates me and no one looks down on me.”

Brigham is the only freshman on the team.

“We hadn’t won the home tournament in awhile,” she said. “We’re 15-3. We’re working hard in practice and not putting our heads down.”

The final weeks of the season are coming up and Brigham hopes to help her teammates end on a memorable note.

Winning districts remains a key goal.

“We have to keep our heads up and play hard,” Brigham said.