REED CITY — Reed City’s softball team has been looking at first-year players to make key contributions this season. That includes junior Jocelyn Wirth, who has been at shortstop and sophomore Devin Willard at outfielder.

“it’s faster paced,” Wirth said of the varsity level, after her varsity debut last month. “I did pretty well. I did better than I thought I would.”

She had some hits early in the season and has a goal of simply making contact with the ball.

“Keeping the ball in front of me,” is a strength at shortstop, Wirth indicated. “I want to work on getting better at my fielding, and throwing harder.”

Willard acknowledged that the “intensity” of the game is a major difference at the varsity level.

After the Coyotes made their season debut in early April, Willard saw some bright spots. She’s confident she’ll be able to hit effectively throughout the season.

“The key is keeping my head down,” Willard said adding that using her feet is a key to her defensive play in the outfield. She’s hoping to strengthen her arm as an outfielder.

“I played summer and fall ball,” Willard said.

The Coyotes are at Big Rapids on Friday.