Coyote player has key role on softball team


REED CITY — Skiler Brigham is only a sophomore but the Reed City softball standout will still be among the key players on her squad this season.

Brigham and the Coyotes are in their third week of practice. They were scheduled to play Tuesday at Evart in a season-opener, but that game was iffy and would be determined by weather conditions.

Brigham was able to play with the varsity squad that a year ago won the districts and regionals and played in the quarterfinals.

“It was really good,” Brigham said. “Being a freshman, I was really nervous. In our home tournament, it was 0-0 and we wound up going into the seventh inning. I hit one and Sam McDonald scored the winning run.”

Being on a team that went to the quarterfinals “was great,” she said. “I was so happy. “

During the offseason, Brigham played both in the fall and summer.

“I hit every Sunday and I did a little pitching,” she said.

Brigham just started pitching and might help out in that area this season. The Coyotes are slated to have two or three freshmen handling their pitching.

Position wise, Brigham is hoping for a shot at third base. She played the outfield last season.

“I can throw the ball pretty well and I can hit pretty well,” she said. “I need to stay away from bad pitches.”

The Coyotes graduated a lot of seniors from last year and don’t have many starters back on the squad.

“I hope to be helping a lot,” she said. “I feel we’ll get a lot better.”