Grannis eager for huge senior season at second base

REED CITY — Eric Grannis is marking his third season on the Reed City varsity baseball team. Including Little League, he figures he’s been in the sport for 14 seasons.

“Last year’s season was kind of a disappointment,” Grannis said. “We went from being a 16-to-18 win team to an eight-win team. I think this year should be an improvement.”

Practices started on March 10 for the 2014 season.

“Last year, I didn’t hit as well as my sophomore year,” Grannis said. “I think I went from .400 average my sophomore year to a .270 average this year. I think it was just one of those years and I look to turn it around this year.”

This season, Grannis hopes to at least hit .300 or .310, if not higher.

“I probably need to be more disciplined at the plate, more focused,” he said, “and focus on putting the ball in play.”

Grannis anticipates being at second base.

“I got moved from third to second at the end of last year,” he said. “(Second base) is where I play my best.”

He’s played various positions in his career but prefers second.

“Second base is a lot more action,” he said. “You’re more or less middle infielder and a leader of the team.”

His leadership and his range will be strengths for Grannis.

Reed City has a new coach in Marty Shaffer.

“He’s bringing in a lot more energy and drills which should help us out a lot this year,” Grannis said. “We have a lot of seniors coming back and a lot of underclassmen coming up too. We have some seniors that didn’t play last year that will come here and help us.”

Grannis points to Chippewa Hills and Newaygo as the best teams in the Central State Activities Association.

Grannis is hoping to play baseball after high school but said he is still looking for a program.