Pitching staff boosts Reed City softball team

REED CITY — Area softball teams have finished two weeks of practices and are anxious for spring weather to settle in and to get their seasons started.

That includes coach Roger Steig and the Reed City Coyotes, who won’t start their schedule until next month, but have put in plenty of work the past two weeks.

The Coyotes and other teams have had some practices where they’ve been able to get outside, but this week’s storm will likely keep them inside for a few more days.

The Coyotes graduated standout players such as Lindsey Greer and Skiler Brigham, but have strong returning talent.

A strength for Reed City will be its one-two pitching attack with senior Jules Griffin and sophomore Sidni Rushford.

Griffin is a four-year varsity starter and Rushford saw action as a freshman.

“Those are two pretty good pitchers that will lead the charge,” Steig said. “We will be counting heavily on our two pitchers to lead the way. We should have a strong offense. We have a good mixture of speed and power. I think you’ll see quite a bit of long ball out of us.”

He also had a four-year senior, Ally Yarger, at second base. Another senior, Olivia Lawson, will be back at first base, outfield and pitcher. Junior Bailey Brummel is back at third base. Katianne Hansen returns at shortstop.

After tryouts, Steig kept freshman Kamryn Myers, who also played with the varsity over the summer, “She looks pretty tough and we’ll be looking at her for shortstop, outfield or catcher,” Steig said.

Devon Willard is a sophomore outfielder, who had a strong tryout and was brought up to the varsity.

The Coyotes hope to be a contender in the Central State Activities Association’s Gold Division.

“Central Montcalm will be the team to beat again,” Steig said. “They won it last year and have just about everyone back. But nobody will want to count us out this year. I think we’ll be very strong.”

Reed City opens with home games against Evart (April 12), Cadillac (April 14) and Tri County (April 15).