REED CITY — The baseball season was short for Reed City junior Josh Saez, who still has another year of eligibility left for the boys team.

Saez, a junior center fielder, sustained a shoulder injury to miss the first four weeks of the season. In his second year, for the varsity, he acknowledged that it took awhile to adjust.

“I’ve improved a lot,” Saez said, adding that on his batting “I struggled last year.”

But Saez worked at making strides this season.

Late in the season, Saez and his teammates grew in confidence as they could see that their team was able to turn its play up a few notches. A major highlight was defeating Manton in the district semifinals before falling in the finals to Pine River, a team that would win the regionals.

“We’re making a lot of progress,” Saez said. “We have five seniors. We’re pretty young, I’d say.”

Saez is hoping to spark the lineup and help the Coyotes make some noise in the 2014 season. He’s also hoping for a better preseason. Spring weather didn’t arrive until late April, forcing team to spend most of their preseason indoors.