Grannis, Willis getting the job done

REED CITY — Eric Grannis and Ryan Willis have both been giving unique contributions to the Reed City baseball team in recent games.

Grannis has been hitting the ball well for the Coyotes.

In a 10-4 win over Morley Stanwood in the first game of a double-header last week Grannis had two hits and two RBIs while Willis had two hits and an RBI.

Grannis, a first baseman who has also played some third base, is a sophomore in his first varsity season, who has been picking up some hits for the Coyotes.

“I feel like I’m starting pretty good,” he said. “I’m kind of nervous, this being my first season. Ever since the Big Rapids and Hesperia games, I’ve picked it up and have gotten more relaxed.”

Grannis has been happy with his hitting.

“I’m putting my bat on the ball and focusing at practice and keeping my head down although it does fly sometimes and that’s why I get under it,” Grannis said.

Willis was the winning pitcher of the second game against Morley Stanwood, allowing just four hits while walking three. He’s been happy with his offense but Willis has also been satisfied with his pitching.

In a split with Central Montcalm last Friday, Willis went the distance in a second-game victory, Willis went the distance, striking out four, walking none and giving up one hit.

It’s the first varsity season for the Reed City junior pitcher.

“Pitching, I’m doing all right,” he said, adding that the key for his hitting to stay consistent is “staying back and don’t go forward and all that.”

Willis said his fastball has been strong. “I have an all right curveball,” he said.

The Coyotes are now in the final three weeks of the conference season.

“We’re playing the conference games, we’re really coming to play,” Willis said.

“The team is doing pretty well,” Grannis said. “We just have to have focus. One of our main goals is to do well in conference (Central State Activities Association).”