RC sophomore focuses on pitching during summer

REED CITY — Olivia Lawson has had a busy summer with the Reed City softball team.

She’s hoping that it will pay off with a productive 2014 season.

Her older sister, Riley, graduated from the 2013 team. Olivia has played all summer with the team in the Mount Pleasant league and at Sunday practices.

She played junior varsity as pitcher and first baseman last season. Lawson has played outfield during summer ball.

She will be a sophomore this season and is hoping to work toward the varsity level.

“I’m working on pitching, that’s what I really want to do,” she said. “I’m lefthanded and I have an advantage. I’ve been practicing a lot.”

Lawson indicated she’s been working on changeups. “I’ve definitely gotten fast. That was my key point, to get faster,” she said.

Lawson said she’s improved on hitting the ball this summer.

“You need good form and mostly keeping your eye on the ball,” Lawson said, “and seeing if the pitcher is fast or slow.”

Lawson has been encouraged with the progress of her team.

“We definitely have improved a lot,” she said.

Lawson also is in volleyball and high school dance.

“I’ll be playing fall (soft)ball too,”she said. “I’d have to say softball is my favorite sport. I enjoy playing it.”