Junior Coyote stopped short of playing his third sport
REED CITY -- Payton Hansen is a three-sport athlete at Reed City, but only was able to get in two sports this season.
The coronavirus crisis forced the MHSAA to cancel the spring season and Hansen, like other athletes, won't have a chance to play in the next several weeks.
Hansen, a junior, was set to play baseball for his third year.
The first year "we were a pretty solid team and were deep all-around," he said. 'We had tons of pitching. Last year we were a little short and didn't have as much pitching and our record was not as good."
Hansen indicated this was a team which could at least have been .500.
"We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and a lot of young guys that have been up on varsity," he said.
Hansen was among the top players on the football team, but sustained a late season injury that delayed his start into the basketball campaign. But he regrets not being able to have a baseball season.
"I didn't get to play with the seniors the last time and I don't get a junior year of baseball," he said.
Hansen was slated to be a catcher and pitcher this season for the Coyotes.
As a pitcher, "I'm pretty good at locating where I throw," he said. "I have a curveball to back up my fastball.
Hansen batted .310 last season. He had been hoping to bat higher next year.
It won't be long before Hansen prepares for his senior season.
"There will be lot of strength training since football is my next sport and trying to stay in shape for the upcoming season," he said. "I played summer baseball the past four years but not sure I'll do that this year."