Reed City baseball coach confident despite lower numbers

Coyotes focusing on offense during preseason

Reed City baseball coach Eric Grannis (left) and Xavier Allen get ready for a practice last week.

Reed City baseball coach Eric Grannis (left) and Xavier Allen get ready for a practice last week.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Numbers aren’t as high as Reed City baseball coach Eric Grannis would prefer seeing them.

But the Coyotes hope to have the drive and the talent necessary to get their season going in full gear.

Practices started last Monday in preparation for a season slated to start on April 6 at Lake City.

Prior to his three-hour practice on Monday, Coyote coach Eric Grannis indicated his total numbers “were a little up in the air right now. We’re trying to figure out everything with our JV program. But we’ve had about 17 to 18 kids at practice right now.”

Reed City has had a junior varsity baseball program in the past.

“But the numbers are down quite a bit this year,” Grannis said, indicating while the current numbers may be a little too high for one team, there’s a tendency to keep everyone. “We want to keep our numbers going strong. We don’t have a whole lot of kids we can move down. We moved up three sophomores who played varsity last year. I think the rule is after they’ve had a year of varsity experience, they can’t go back down.”

Batting was a major emphasis at practice last week.

“Hitting is a big thing for me,” Grannis said. “I’m very offensive-minded. We’ve been working the fundamentals for defense and outfield and infield work. We’ve had couple pitchers throw in the bullpen so far.”

Grannis said he had four-man sessions during the offseason to work on basketball fundamentals. There will be voluntary workouts during spring  break.

Being able to be outside is up in the air right now, Grannis said.

Reed City’s ball field has short distances to the foul-lines and although there usually aren’t too many home runs hit on the Coyote diamond, “we’re hoping that changes this year,” Grannis said. “We have some guys with some pop.”