Coyotes focusing on hitting during summer softball

REED CITY — Ally Stieg has two years of varsity softball with the Reed City Coyotes under her belt.

But the Reed City shortstop is hoping to use summer softball to pave the way for a banner spring next year.

Stieg will be a senior for the 2012 softball season.

“My sophomore year, I was nervous being my first year on the varsity,” Stieg recalled. “(As a junior) I feel I made a lot more key plays than I did my sophomore year.”

Stieg said she improved on her hitting as a junior but indicated she still wasn’t totally satisfied with her offensive output.

As a freshman, Stieg was a catcher. “But I was a shortstop before I was a catcher,” she said.

Stieg said she’s focusing on her hitting during summer ball.

“I’ve working on making contact and getting good base hits,” she said.

She’s been at most of the summer softball activities unless it means a conflict with her basketball schedule.

As for the softball team, “next year I think we’ll be good,” Stieg said. “We only lost one player. We have everyone else back. Our team chemistry was a lot better this year. Everybody gets along and wants to work harder together.”

Monday, Reed City split a summer league doubleheader at Lake City.

The Coyotes won the first game 21-11. Courtney Morgan was the winning pitcher, striking out three, walking five and giving up three hits.

Sam McDonald had four hits for Reed City while Courtney Smith added two. KatieAnn Hansen, Morgan and Taylor Stieg had one hit apiece

Reed City lost the second game 10-5. McDonald took the loss, striking out eight, walking four and giving up five hits. Sydney Arnold and Hansen had one hit apiece.

The Coyotes continue to play in the Mount Pleasant summer league. Last week, Reed City defeated Sacred Heart in its first game 5-4. Morgan was the winning pitcher, walking six, striking out two and allowing five hits. Amanda Stieg had three hits, including a double and triple. Sam McDonald added a triple.

Syndi Arnold, Julieanne Griffin and Hannah Price also had base hits.

Reed City lost its second game to Mount Pleasant High 12-1. McDonald was the starting pitcher, giving up two walks and seven hits. Price also saw action, striking out one, walking two and giving up five hits. Riley Lawson had RC’s only hit.

“We’re playing about .500 ball over there,” Roger Steig said. “It’s a variety (of competition). We’re mixing in and out a lot of girls from out lineup as well as everyone else does during summer ball. It’s a chance for us to work on our individual skills.”