Coyotes selected for softball all-star game

REED CITY — Coach Roger Steig and two of his Reed City softball   players have been selected for the Michigan State Softball coaches Division 3 All-Star game July 18 at Michigan State University.

The game will start at 9:30 a.m. at Secchia Field, the home of MSU softball. An anticipated crowd of 1,400 spectators will watch the game. It’s the first of several all-star games taking place at Secchia.

It will be the White team, coached by Gerald Smith of Gladstone, against the Red team, skippered by Steig, who will be assisted by Rick Collins of Tawas. Smith coached the Gladstone team that defeated Reed City in the quarterfinals.

Sarah Lagendyk of Morley Stanwood is also on the Red team. The two teams are aligned randomly with no specific geographical determination.

Other games are Division 2 at 11;30 a.m., Division 1 a 1:30 p.m. and Division 4 at 3:30 p.m. Steig was selected to be the head coach for the West all-stars, His daughter, Amanda Steig and also Courtney Morgan, were selected for the game. Steig said Amanda Steig was an at-large choice.

Steig noted that former RC athletic director Bruce Jones pointed out that only one other time has a Reed City coach and a player been picked in an all-star game together.

The other time was in 1989 for a basketball all-star game which included Jones and Jerry Ernst, who were both a part of the Coyotes’ 1980 Class C state championship team.

For the softball all-star game, players will be staying over night in dorms. Practices are conducted Tuesday evening.

Morgan has been a pitcher for Reed City.

“I think it’s a great honor that my coach put me up so I can play in that game,” she said. “I’ll put in 110 percent.”

Amanda   said she anticipates being used in a utility position for the game.

“I never thought it would happen,” she smiled. “I feel extremely honored that I made first-team all-state and can play in the all-star game with other phenomenal athletes.”

In a game like this, “I hope it will be a great experience. It’s a bunch of girls who care about softball and want to be there,” Amanda Steig said. “Hopefully, it’s a good game and good experience.”

Steig will be playing next year with Grand Rapids Community College and has played four games during the summer with the team.”

She has more games next week with GRCC and will be done until the fall.

“I’ve had my summer workouts and have been working every day,” Steig said.