Reed City, Pine River end summer softball
REED CITY — Reed City’s Sydni Arnold is among the area softball players who are probably sorry to see the summer end.
Arnold, a center fielder, is among the players who had an expanded spring season, thanks to Wednesday summer league games in Mount Pleasant. Her Reed City team, which also played every Mondays in a LAT League, that included Pine River and Evart, had a busy June and July.
Next spring, Arnold will be a senior outfielder for the Coyotes in her third varsity season.
“I have a good arm and a good glove,” she said. “I have good perception on where the ball is going to be. I like to think ahead of where the girl will hit.”
Arnold focused this summer on hitting, fielding and baserunning.
“It’s very helpful,” she said of summer softball. “It always is.”
Reed City ended its summer softball season with two wins at Mount Pleasant last Wednesday, 17-4 over Carson City-Crystal and 15-0 over Central Montcalm. Courtney Morgan pitched effectively for the Coyotes in both games.
The summer for the Reed City softball girls “was a roller coast ride,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “Individually, the girls improved right along. The last week of the summer, we played outstanding. We beat Lake City, Carson City and Central Montcalm. Those games weren’t close. The girls stayed pretty focused on what we worked on all summer. I was happy with how we ended.”
Mike Nelson skippered a Pine River softball team, consisting mainly of next year’s varsity players, in a Wednesday summer league at Mount Pleasant. Pine River had a 9-1 record.
Varsity players on the squad were Cayman Gatt, Pilar Ganger, Jamie Justin, Christy Nelson, Jandney Mattson and Brooke Sebastiano.
“It was an interesting summer,” Mike Nelsons said. “It was good. I enjoyed it.”
Pine River combined with Cadillac for a 16-and-under tournament at Port Huron in June and finished first at 4-0. The same team in July was fifth in the Next Door tournament at Mount Pleasant. In a tournament at Alpena, the team took third last week.