Hansen eyes strong finish to baseball season

Payton Hansen

Payton

Hansen

REED CITY – Reed City senior Payton Hansen earlier this spring signed a letter of intent to play football at Alma College.

But right now, he’s working with his baseball teammates to pick up as many wins as they can for the Coyotes.

Hansen, after his signing, talked about another season of being a catcher for the Coyotes.

“Keeping runners on the bases and don’t let them steal,” has been among this strengths. “It’s also about being a leader.”

Hansen has been among the team’s leading hitters this season. Hitting around .320 was a goal for him coming into the year. He has also been a pitcher.

“You have to lay back and let all the high stuff and low stuff go,” he said. “You don’t have to be overly aggressive.”

Despite having no baseball last spring because of COVID 19, Hansen was able to get in as much work as possible.

“During the summer last year, we would go to the baseball field and get a couple of guys together and get in the cage and throw around in the outfield,” Hansen said.

Reed City will play at Big Rapids on Saturday in the Tom Ryan Tournament.

It’s almost been the first normal season Hansen and the Coyotes have had since last year. Football went through ups and downs with only a six-game regular season after the MHSAA at one time considered playing the sport in the spring. The season was humming along before the MHSAA put in a pause starting in Nov. 16.

Hansen and his football team waited until late December when the MHSAA resumed the playoffs. But the Coyotes weren’t able to play a scheduled regional title game at home because of a COVID situation.

Basketball as a contact sport didn’t resume until Feb. 8. Hansen has an all-conference season for the team.

The start of spring sports was March 22 and the season has continued despite various instances of COVID-related quarantines.