REED CITY — Riley Lawson and Heather Huss will be among the key Reed City softball players on a team that will be very young this season.

Lawson, a left fielder, had her first varsity season last spring for a Coyote squad that went to the state quarterfinals.

“We stuck together as a team and that’s how we pulled through,” Lawson said. “I improved a lot in my throwing and in my hitting.”

Lawson also played in summer and fall softball.

“I improved a lot in my throwing,” she said. “We’re only going to have three seniors this year. I’ll try to take charge as a senior and push everybody.”

Reed City is scheduled to play at Evart next Tuesday.

“The big goal is to try to keep the team tight,” Lawson said. “ When we’re tight, we play better. We want to win as many games as we can.”

Huss, a senior, made her varsity debut last season.

“I started in the outfield and from being an outfielder at the beginning of the season and moving to second base, I thought I improved a lot,” she said. “The coaches said I improved a lot. I was happy.”

Huss said she was “average” when it came to hitting. She played summer and fall ball and also took part in winter practices.

“I’d like to get even better at my hitting,” she said. “I need to stay away from pitches, that’s the main thing and keep my eye on the ball.”

Huss figures on playing second base or shortstop.

“I’ve improved a lot since last year,” she said. ”We have a lot of underclassmen. We’ll have to work hard. It’s going to be tough. (Seniors) will have to be a role model and work harder and push the underclassmen a lot harder. We need to practice and work as a team.”