Coyotes test their skills at hitting clinic
REED CITY — A busy summer for Reed City’s softball team ended Friday morning with a hitting clinic at the Coyotes’ home diamond.
Softball players and some Little Leaguers were testing their talents at under the leadership of Jim Johnson of Belding and his daughter, Taylor Johnson, an athlete at Central Michigan University.
Among the participants was Sam McDonald, a Reed City senior, who had an extensive summer season working on her hitting and pitching.
“I played summer ball and we had two days a week every week,” McDonald said. “It helped a lot. We stayed consistent.”
McDonald is coming off a 2011 season in which she said the team improved significantly from 2010.
“We played well as a team,” she said. “I played third base more than I pitch because I had (hip) surgery in March.”
McDonald said she’s 100 percent recovered from her surgery and is looking forward to an impressive 2012 senior season.
“I want to play travel ball if I can,” she said, adding that she’s looking to improve significantly on pitching and hitting.
McDonald will focus on softball during the offseason and can’t wait for the first pitch of the 2012 campaign.
“The whole group of us for the most part will be seniors,” she said. “Returning girls who are sophomores will be juniors. We should be solid.”
Reed City was 8-8 in the Central State Activities Association last season and could make a bid for a higher finish last year.
Meanwhile, several eighth graders like infielder Hanna Price received valuable playing time during the summer, occasionally seeing action with the high school girls. “It helps you improve a lot. You have people that back you up,” she said of the experience. “It helps you improve.”