Lack of indoor practices concerns softball coach

DOING THEIR BEST: Roger Steig talks to his players during an indoor Reed City softball practice. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
DOING THEIR BEST: Roger Steig talks to his players during an indoor Reed City softball practice. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Roger Steig is in his eighth season as Reed City softball coach and notes that this is the worst preseason he’s experienced in terms of getting outdoor practice time with the various weather-related problems he’s seen.

The Coyotes had both dates last week against Ludington and Big Rapids for home games postponed because of poor weather.

This week the Coyotes were scheduled to play at Morley Stanwood on Tuesday and at Pine River on Thursday and home with Holton on Friday. Steig came into the week hopeful  the weatherman would be more cooperative.

Its his third year as varsity coach.

“It is the worst spring,” he said. “Once you get outdoors, the ball acts different. The good thing is everyone in the area is experiencing the same thing.”

Last season, Steig had more of a veteran team. This year, having a very inexperienced and young team makes the inability to get outside more often even more of a concern, he admitted.

“The sooner we can get these girls outside, the better,” he said. “We’re all new to each other. We need to have game situations outside to develop.”

Steig said he has an idea on positions but some are still up in the air.

In other softball games this week, Evart is home against Farwell on Thursday.