Morgan eyes strong summer

REED CITY — Courtney Morgan is coming off a strong junior season for Reed City’s softball team and the Coyote right-hander is trying to use the summer season to prepare for a banner 2011.

Morgan pitched for the Coyotes on Monday, June 20, at the Bristol ball diamonds in summer LAT league action.

It was the opening Monday for the league. Games scheduled for this past Monday were rained out and rescheduled for July 25.

Morgan, during the spring high school season, scored 26 runs and had 41 hits with 11 double, three triples, two home runs and 29 RBIs. She also collected seven stolen bases with a .432 batting average and on base percentage of .500. Her slugging percentage was .674. Her fielding average was .908.

“The beginning of the year started off kind of shaky,” she said. “Then I pulled through.”

Morgan’s spring pitching record was 11-8 in 119 innings of work.

“Courtney was our workhorse, she carried the team in pitching,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Sam McDonald, our other pitcher, had surgery. So Courtney earlier in the season was our workhorse.”

”I pitched well, very well,” Morgan said. “For summer ball, I’m working on my hitting. I want to get my curveball really consistent. It’s very important. You have to spend your summer working on all the little stuff to come back in the season to be the best.”

Morgan said during the winter months, she started working with pitching distances of 43 feet compared to 40 to get ready for the change with the 2011 season.

“We knew it was coming so it wasn’t that bad of an adjustment pitching (in workouts) all winter long,” Morgan said.

LAT League action resumes Monday, July 11, with Reed City at Lake City for a doubleheader and Evart and Pine River seeing action at Evart.

Steig noted that his team was also rained out last Wednesday in Mount Pleasant League action. Evart coach Josh Johnston, meanwhile, is looking for numbers after not having enough girls to field a junior varsity game during the spring.