Coyote softball team optimistic with 2015 prospects

REED CITY ― An experienced squad has Reed City softball coach Roger Steig excited with his team’s prospects for 2015.

The Coyotes have plenty of talented players returning and are now in their third week of preseason practice. Reed City was above the .500 mark last season.

Junior Jules Griffin returns as pitcher for the Coyotes, while senior Lindsey Greer is back in her fourth varsity season at catcher. Senior Skiler Brigham returns at first base, Katianne Hansen is back at second and Ally Yarger at third base. Olivia Lawson will be a pitcher and outfielder.

“Those are the key returners,” Steig said.

Among the promising newcomers is freshman pitcher Sidney Rushford.

“She’ll play a strong role in our season, I’m sure,” Steig said.

Amy Squires is a sophomore on the varsity, who will play in a utility role.

“This year’s team I really balanced,” Steig said. “We’re going to be solid from top to bottom. “Last year we struggled in the outfield. This year, we were able to tighten that up a little bit and we are pretty solid everywhere with a lot of depth.

“We’ll have better than average hitting, better than average pitching and better than average fielding” Steig said. “We don’t have what you would call superstars, but we have a lot of girls above average.”

Steig is looking for defending district, regional and conference champ Chippewa Hills to be a strong contender again in the Central State Activities Association’s Gold Division.

“I think we’ll definitely be in there,” Steig said.

The Coyotes are scheduled to have a game, weather-permitting, March 31 at home against Lakeview. After the spring break, they start at Manton April 15, followed by action April 17 at Tri County and April 22 at White Cloud. The first home game after the break is April 24 with Newaygo.