Jordyn Storch's home run power electrifies Reed City

REED CITY — Not even Jordyn Storch would have predicted the season she's had so far with Reed City's softball team in her first full varsity season.

But the Coyote junior will take it.

Storch broke the school record for over-the-fence home runs in a season with her 11th on Saturday at Mason County Central against Hart in a Division 3 district title game. Her timing couldn't have been better. She hit No. 11 the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game with a 4-3 Reed City championship victory.

The Coyotes (20-17) play in the regionals at Morley Stanwood on Saturday. They face Kent City at noon. Grandville and Calvin Christian are in the other regional semifinal. The title game is at 2 pm.

Storch has played varsity as a setter for Reed City since she was a freshman. On the basketball team she started seeing extensive playing time this year. She joined the varsity level with the softball squad and gradually, but quietly, has continued to climb the home run charts. She tied the school record when she got to 10 in late May.

Even more unique to Storch's story is she entered this season with no over-the-fence home runs from the JV level. And with two months of varsity action, she's smacked 11.

The soft-spoken Storch says the home run feat has surprised her. The only key she can offer to her success is "keeping your head down."

Her longest home run was 285 feet.

Storch had a good preseason where she was able to work on her hitting.

The Coyotes, as a team, have struggled at times but blended together soon enough to win the district. Wins over archrivals Big Rapids and Pine River have also been huge.

Storch said her glove was her strength at shortstop where she had been playing until last week when coach Roger Steig decided to change his defense.

But it's Storch's offense which has been igniting the Coyote attack.

"Jordyn is very athletic and, as soon as she got her mechanics right, she has a lot of power," Steig said. "Mainly it was getting her to do the right things with her body."