Reed City baseball hopes to improve hitting, offense

REED CITY — It’s getting into the thick of the baseball season and Reed City players like Eric Grannis and Jordan Straub are eager to help the Coyotes get the offense going.

Grannis, a junior, has been at third base for the Coyotes. It’s his second varsity season.

“There was no key tonight but we couldn’t hit the ball,” Grannis said after a recent loss. “Hitting is huge key right now. I need to keep my head down and try to make contact.”

Defensively, Grannis likes what he’s been able to achieve.

“This year, I feel like I’m doing pretty good at third base,” he said. “I’m more confident at fielding the ball. Throwing the ball I need to work on a little more. It seems like every time I throw the ball it dies as soon as it gets to first base.”

But Grannis said he’s improved at first base.

“My hitting has been better, my fielding is better and I’ve gotten a lot stronger and faster,” Grannis said.

Jordan Straub is a senior who has been pitching and playing shortstop and center field.

“We need to put more time in (to hitting),” he said. “I could be doing better.”

It’s his first year of transferring to Reed City.

I feel like I’m doing all right,” he said. “I need to keep working at it.”

As a pitcher, “I want to let them hit it and let my defense behind me make the plays,” Straub said, adding that his speed is a strength in center field.

Within the next few weeks, the Coyotes are confident of racking up more victories.

“We need to come out and hit the ball well really well,” Grannis said. “Hitting is something we really need to improve on.”

”We have great potential,” Straub said. “Everyone can hit the ball. At practices, we hit it. We need to transfer it to live pitching.“