Miller ends career, Phenix eyes upcoming baseball season

REED CITY — Gabe Miller is among the players for Reed City baseball, who played a key role in seeing the team progress into a competitive program this spring.

“We’re definitely building as a team and gradually getting better as we fix little mistakes,” Miller said late in the season. “Taking second place at the Manistee tournament felt pretty good, considering we play those teams in districts.”

The Coyotes ended the season in the predistricts with a 2-1 loss to Mason County Central.

As a senior, Miller considered this as his best baseball season. He was an infielder and saw some pitching action, He saw spot duty and had a 1-0 record. He batted around .250, but indicated training he went through helped him improve that average.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey Phenix, a sophomore, played catcher for Reed City two years, and will be a key returner for Reed City. It was a team need, so Phenix decided to take the job.

“I think I played a lot better in blocking the ball and throwing the ball,” he said. “Definitely, blocking the ball more (is a strength). I had not too many passed balls. He indicated he adjusted to the various pitchers the Coyotes put on the mound.

“It’s pretty easy, I’ve been catching since winter,” Phenix said. “I just have to get my arm stronger and throw more.”

Phenix was batting around .300, but said he wasn’t happy with that. He’s looking to improve it by 40 points next year.

“It will take a lot of cage work,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, I was pressing, But I’m starting to get back up.”

Phenix is playing this summer for Reed City’s summer team and the Quad City Storm.