REED CITY  — Ashley Andres is among the seniors on the Reed City softball team hoping to help the Coyotes have a strong second half of the season.

Last year was her first on the varsity.

“Things went really well, we had a strong season last year and had some ups and downs,” Andres said. “This year we should come back full force.”

Andres recalls adjusting to the varsity level OK and having strong defensively plays in the outfield and strong contributions at the plate.

“In previous years, my strength has been my glove,” she said. “This year, it’s been my arm. I built up a lot of strength over the summer.”

Andres said her hitting has improved.

“I’ve improved 100 percent from last year,” she said. “My hitting has gotten so much better. I trained all summer long so I’d be able to make better contact with the ball this year.”

Reed City plays at home Friday against Big Rapids.

“We’re a strong team,”Andres said. “We have the seniors and the other girls that were up last year and are up again. We’ll be a tough opponent this year.”