Hansen reflects on first career home run

REED CITY — Austin Hansen had quite a debut in mid-April when Reed City lost a doubleheader to Morley Stanwood to open the baseball season.

He obviously was disappointed with the 6-1 and 7-1 losses the Coyotes sustained to the Mohawks.

But Hansen was able to take some solace in belting his first varsity home run in the first game.

Hansen said he didn’t realize it would be gone when he first hit it. “I just knew it was a deep fly ball,” he said.

Hansen, a junior, acknowledged that the Coyotes offense wasn’t shining in the first game.

“We didn’t hit very good at all,” he said.

Hansen also had another base-hit during the doubleheader and is confident, with some work, he could have a good hitting season for the Coyotes.

The lack of outdoor practices the team has had this season has an impact “on a little bit of everything,” Hansen said. “It’s hard to see live pitching when you’re inside. For field, we obviously just have the gym.”

Hansen feels confident in making the transition to the varsity level.

“Everything is just one step higher,” he said. “You have to work a little more.”

The key for the team in upcoming games is “put the ball in play and cut down on our errors.” Hansen said.