Greer, Griffin provide talent for Coyotes at pitcher, catcher
REED CITY – It’s the catcher and the pitcher who will hold key roles for Reed City’s softball team this season.
Lindsey Greer is the catcher and Jules Griffin the pitcher for a Reed City team that has completed two weeks of preseason practice.
Greer is entering her fourth season with the Reed City softball program and the senior catcher is looking to make this year her best.
Looking back at 2014, Greer was more confident and had a better feeling about her season.
“I ended up taking basketball off so I could play (softball) year-round,” Greer said.
She picked up various awards including all-district and all-region as catcher and was second team Central State Activities Association all-conference and Pioneer Dream team.
“We had a decent season,” she said of 2014. “We were still young last year. This year we’ll be better.”
Greer played in summer and fall leagues. As a catcher, she’s hoping her quickness will be a strength along with her leadership abilities.
She had her best hitting season. The Reed City left-hander hit more than .300 during 2014.
“I’m going to work more on slapping this year,” she said. “I’ll get on base quicker because I’m already halfway there because I’m running while I hit.”
The Coyotes are scheduled to have a game, weather-permitting, March 31 at home against Lakeview. After spring break, they start at Manton April 15, followed by action April 17 at Tri County and April 22 at White Cloud. The first home game after the break is April 24 with Newaygo.
“We want to go as far as we can compared to last year,” Greer said.
She put in a lot of extra softball time during the offseason and so did her teammates.
“Quite a few girls play year-round,” she said. “Some are in other sports and couldn’t. But the ones that could did.”
Griffin is in her third varsity season as a junior. As a sophomore last year, she was her team’s main pitcher.
“I think things were really rough just having one pitcher and it was a lot on my shoulders,” She said. “I’m excited to see what this year will bring. I think we have a lot of potential.”
Griffin indicated her innings total may go down this year.
“I think there’s a possibility of having a more diverse (staff)” Griffin said. “But I think I’ll still be held accountable to pitch that many innings.”
It appears Griffin will go for sure the first game of each twinbill, depending on other available pitchers.
She was busy during the offseason.
“Me and Lindsey worked a lot together,” Griffin said. “I’m really excited to see what we can do this year. It will be different pitches and just being able to throw those pitches, and having all of my pitches under control.”
Griffin is working on perfecting her change-up.
“It took me until the middle of the season last year before I had that down,” she said. “My best pitch is probably my screwball. When it worked (last year), it was on, when it didn’t it didn’t do very much.”
Griffin is hoping to improve on her hitting.
“I hit a little better last year but that’s definitely something I need to improve on my game,” she said. “I have to keep my head on it mostly and perfect everything.”
The Coyotes hope to be a contender in the CSAA’s Gold Division.
“I think we have a lot more potential than we did last year,” Griffin said. “There’s a lot of good talent coming up and I think we can be better this year.”
In the league, “I think Chip Hills will be tough again and Morley Stanwood as well,” she said. “I think we can compete in the conference.”