Coyotes waiting on the weather
REED CITY — The calendar might be showing spring has arrived this week, but sports teams like the Reed City baseball squad are waiting for the weather to improve.
Coach Scott Shankel’s baseball quad is in its second week of practices, which have been relegated to the indoors. A game for Tuesday at Evart has been scheduled but the status of that contest remains very much in the air.
The season will get in full gear in early April when the spring break ends.
Sean Woodside is among the key returning seniors at outfielder and pitcher for Reed City, along with Ricky Droke at catcher, outfield and pitching; Ryan Willis at pitcher and infielder and Jordon Rolston in the outfield.
Eric Grannis at infielder and Josh Saez in the outfield are back with the team as juniors. Jordan Straub, a transfer from Big Rapids, also is expected to make some key contributions as a pitcher.
“We had some numbers and were looking at possibly making cuts,” Shankel said late last week.
“We’re missing a couple of key guys (from) last year,” Shankel said. “I think we’ll be all right.”
Shankel figures on having enough pitchers to maintain a strong attack.
Ray Phenix will probably be up as a sophomore, the Coyote coach added. He’ll have some members from the JV squad last year on a varsity team that will be about 13 to 14 players strong.
“The kids are getting back into the swing of things,” Shankel said. “For a lot of them it’s the first time they’ve touched the ball since last June. Kids have been up here swinging but we haven’t done much throwing. They’re getting back in the groove. They’re working hard. We’re working a lot on fundamentals.”