Former Reed City softball standout to extend college career to Cleary

REED CITY — Amanda Steig has finished one college softball endeavor and is ready to start another one.

Steig, who played for the 2012 Reed City squad that went to the state quarterfinals, finished her second year at Grand Rapids Community College earlier this spring. She is now getting set to play as a junior for the new four-year program at Cleary University in Howell.

The Raiders were 12-26 overall and 8-10 in the conference.

“We had 12 freshmen and six sophomores, so it was a learning experience,” Steig said. “I took on a leadership role. We didn’t place high enough in our conference to go to regionals.”

Steig was a catcher and outfielder this season.

“Defensively, I played way better,” she said. “I got used to the outfield. Another year of experience made me more confident.”

The team had a trip to Florida for the winter. But the poor Michigan spring took its toll.

“This spring was so bad that we had to cancel half of our conference games,” Steig said. “We’re blaming that on why we didn’t make regionals.”

Steig batted .200 with 11 RBIs and an .881 fielding percentage.

“I’m disappointed in how I hit the ball,” Steig said. “Our conference was weaker and had slower pitching which is hard for me.”

The Raiders play in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

“I think it was a learning experience,” Steig said. “I’ve learned a lot from the older girls. I’m looking forward to my new career at Cleary.”

Steig decided after a disappointing season at GRCC to not end her softball career and keep playing the sport.

Steig said two GRCC baseball players who are going to Cleary mentioned the school to her and noted the softball coaches were looking for talent. She had a tryout in February, made the team and signed in April. She said the team is planning on having her as a catcher.

This will be the first year of softball at the school. Howell High School’s diamond will be used as Cleary’s home site.

“The end of August they’ll have us start working out with trainers. We start the first week of September,” Steig said. “There’s some junior college transfers like myself. It will be juniors and freshmen, plus we have one senior coming in from Texas.”

Michigan teams like Davenport, Lake Superior and Saginaw Valley are on the schedule, plus Ohio and east coast teams.

“I’ve been catching and hitting every day,” Steig said, “and trying to get that batting average up there,”

Steig said she’ll be working with her dad, Reed City coach Roger Steig, on hitting during the summer.