Griffin reflects on four-year pitching career with Reed City

REED CITY —  Jules Griffin has had a unique four-year career as Reed City’s No. 1 pitcher.

The Coyote senior pitched for her team in the Division 3 predistrict Tuesday at Pine River, and in both games Saturday, including the 6-3 loss to Manistee in the title game.

A highlight for Griffin in early May was an 11-strikeout performance  in the Pine River Invitational.

“It was good, I was hitting my spots, I was on,” Griffin said.

Throughout the season, Griffin usually pitched the entire first game of a twinbill and occasionally saw action in the second.

“I’m sore, but I am thriving on it and I’m getting used to it (physically and mentally),” she said. “I’m hitting my spots for sure. (All pitches) have been pretty effective right now. I’ve been throwing a curveball a little bit.”

Griffin’s hitting came through in key situations this season.

“I’m not completely satisfied, but I’m hitting the ball when we need it and that really helps,” she said. “But I wish I could hit the ball consistently, and all the time.”

Late in the season, Griffin was hit in the mouth by a ball during practice. She sat out for a week while recovering from her injury and came back for the last two regular-season games.

The Coyotes had a .500 team at the end of the regular season.

“I think we’ve been playing great as a team and we’ve been using our abilities to compete together as a team,” Griffin said. “I really like the defense we have going. We had to change some things up but I think it’s working well.”

The Coyotes were keeping their eye on a district title bid, but fell three runs shy.

“We want to hit the ball all the time and keep our voices up and heads up,” Griffin said.