Hansen set to give Coyotes key help at third base


REED CITY — Katianne Hansen has one varsity softball season under her belt and is ready for another one at Reed City. She played left and right field, plus third base for the Coyotes last spring.

She played as a sophomore and will be a junior next season.

“I think we could have gotten into the game a little more mentally,” Hansen said. “I think we were physically ready. We just weren’t mentally there. I think summer ball will help us learn how to get to play together a lot more.”

Hansen has her eye on third base for 2015.

“You have to be mentally in the game,” she said. “You have to know where you’re going with the ball.”

Hansen is confident with her defensive abilities at third base. As an outfielder, she was able to handle flyballs effectively.

“When I was in left field, I made a throw to home base and got the girl,” Hansen said.

She’s ready to give the Coyotes help at the plate.

“I think I’ve improved a lot,” she said. “It was a big step up from JV. You have to watch the ball. They come in faster.”

Hitting the ball better is among the focal points for Hansen during the summer. She and her teammates are playing Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Local Area Teams (LAT) League at Bristol.

Hansen ran cross country and plays basketball. She’s planning on participating in equestrian and basketball for the 2014-15 sports season.

“I think we’re going to do a really good job,” she said of the 2015 softball season. “We have some good players coming up.”

Summer ball “helps you keep your skills up,” Hansen said. “I think we’re going to do really well.”