REED CITY — Reed City baseball coach Marty Shaffer realizes a lot of the success a team achieves during the season occurs from work conducted during the offseason.

It’s why the Coyotes were busy again during the winter getting ready for a preseason that started on Monday, March 12

“We did (workouts) twice a week with guys going from the beginning of the year,” Shaffer said.

Reed City has another set of practices this week prior to the start of spring break. The season starts on April 5 at Morley Stanwood. The first home action is on April 15 with Newaygo.

The Coyotes are coming off a season in which they tied with Big Rapids for the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title. They also claimed a district crown and lost a regional title bid against Grand Rapids West Catholic in extra innings.

When Shaffer opened practices last week, he had about 28 players combined for both varsity and junior varsity teams.

Tryouts were this week followed by regular practices.

“We’re trying to get in the groove and get the routines down,” Shaffer said while acknowledging it’s doubtful the team will have outdoor practices prior to the break. “But we’ve got a good setup here with the cage (and other indoor facilities). We do have late gym times but if we can’t get outside, we can still get stuff done.”

Shaffer indicated last year’s success will rub off positively on those in the program, but would like to see more numbers in the lower age levels. There’s two freshmen in the program right now.

“But we have a good eighth-grade group coming in,” Shaffer said.