Coyote seniors getting the job done early in season

REED CITY — Senior players like Glen Ryder and Mike Barton are giving Reed City’s baseball team plenty of hope as the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) season starts to heat up.

Ryder, a senior, is in varsity baseball his second year. He played on the regional finalist Coyote team last spring.

“I hit really well but didn’t play much defense since I was designated hitter the second half of the season,” he said, adding that this season, “I think I’m a leader because I’m a senior. I try to do what’s best for the team.”

Ryder plays right field and left field.

“I’ve been playing baseball a long time so I know the game pretty well,” he said. “I can jump on the ball right away in the outfield. I try to stay ready.”

When it comes to hitting “I can always do better,” Ryder said. “I’ve been putting the ball in play. I have to keep working hard every day. It will eventually come to me. It’s still early in the season.”

The team “is getting pretty good, I think we’re going to be a good team,” Ryder said.

Barton is in his second year of varsity baseball. He’s been playing the sport since the first grade and is catching.

“We did really good last year,” he said, adding that he’s been catching for several years in the sport. “I caught in Little League but didn’t start catching until last year again. I’ve always liked catching.”

Blocking the ball and making the key throws is a continued focus for Barton. He’s looking to be at least a .200 hitter.

“You have to keep your eye on the ball and stay focused at the plate,” he said, adding that the team “needs to work out a few more bugs and we’ll be a solid team. We’re definitely a contender (for the conference).”