Coyote softball seniors enjoy satisfying final season

REED CITY -- What Reed City senior Sam McDonald described as a “satisfying” regular season for the Coyotes has been followed by a gratifying post-season venture that saw the team win district and regional titles.

McDonald and Sydni Arnold are two seniors for the Coyotes who have been with the program for a few years and have helped their team reap the benefits of a strong season.

“We’ve played good, we were way over .500 and took second in the conference,” McDonald said. “We played good as a team, as a whole. We wanted to win, so that helps. We played summer ball, fall ball and were ready for the season,.”

A highlight during the regular season was taking second in the Central State Activities Association and winning the home Reed City tournament with a victory over Comstock Park.

“We hadn’t beaten them in a couple of years,” McDonald said. “That got our attitudes going that we knew we could do it.”

McDonald has played center field, third base and pitched a little bit. Prior to a past surgery, McDonald had pitched more.

“I’m a relief pitcher now,” she said. “I played the field more than I do pitch.”

The fastball remains a top McDonald pitch.

Her hitting may not be as good as last year but it’s been “all right,” McDonald indicated,

It’s Arnold’s third year on the varsity level. The successes the Coyotes have been able to accomplish have especially been rewarding “since half the team are seniors,” she said.

Arnold has been in the outfield and is giving the Coyotes strong defense.

“I made a lot of double plays this year by catching the ball and throwing them out,” she said.

The program has improved throughout the years, Arnold has observed.

When Reed City entered the postseason, the first test was to face Pine River, which had handed the Coyotes their first lost of the spring in April

“We’ll be ready,” Arnold said prior to that game. “We weren’t ready last time.”

The Coyotes were indeed ready with a 10-5 victory over the Bucks that led to four more wins with district and regional titles.