Coyote softball team forced to change preseason plans
REED CITY -- Well, there goes the softball trip to Florida.
Reed City's softball team had started its practices on Monday and were anticipating three weeks of workouts prior to taking a spring trip to Florida the last week in April.
But with the MHSAA cancelling the sports season until April 6, activities including Reed City's southern trip, were suspended.
Veteran coach Roger Steig conduced tryouts for the first three days of last week and then decided on varsity and JV teams. He had 22 girls trying out as of last week, a typical number he indicated.
The team was planning on traveling to the panhandle of Florida for a southern trip.
"We fund raised to do it," Steig said. "We were taking half of the players down. We use the local facilities there to train plus the University of Northern Florida for one day."
What was also disappointing about the cancellation is the weather was good enough to have Steig and his players hoping to get outside this week with a field= which drains very well.
But that was not meant to be.
No games were scheduled prior to the break, and now with practices not able to start until at least April 6, it's hard to say when the actual season may begin.
A doubleheader at Manistee for April 7 has already been crossed off the Coyote schedule.
The first date scheduled for an opener is April 14 at home with Clare in a doubleheader, followed with a road twinbill at Cadillac on April 16. The first Central State Activities Association Gold twinbill is April 17 at Fremont.