Reed City baseball junior explains his team's championship success

Allen's bat and glove continues to come through for Coyotes

Xavier Allen



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Midway during the baseball season, Reed City junior Xavier Allen could see where his team was boasting some potential but wasn’t quite there yet.

They are now.

Allen and the Coyotes clinched the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title in May and won the district last weekend.

“We’ve had our struggles, but we’re getting better and we’ll get there for sure,” Allen said, as the Coyotes were moving into the CSAA race leadership.

Allen is usually at shortstop but said he bounced all over the infield. He’s also been pitching.

“It’s been rough over times,” he said. “I have to remember not to throw balls that are fat over the plate, but locate it a little more.”

Allen’s glove has been impressive at shortstop along with his bat at the plate.

“I’ve had a couple of doubles this year, with some RBIs,” he said. Later in the season, the long ball was also coming off of Allen’s bat.

Winning the conference title was a key goal Allen and the Coyotes were able to fulfill. So was a district crown.

“We just have to keep our heads together and limit the mistakes as much as possible,” he said.

Cold weather affected the Coyotes’ ability to be outside for extensive practice. May has obviously been a much better month. It’s scheduled to be ideal baseball weather: nice and warm this week.

“Xavier has been on a roll as of lately,” Reed City coach Eric Grannis said in recent comment comments. “He is the catalyst to our lineup. When he is really feeling it at the dish everyone follows. He is hitting over .450 right now and added two longs balls (recently) against Newaygo.

“He has been producing on the mound. He has an ERA of 2.5 and has 71 strikeouts in 44.2 innings of work this season. He is another one of our guys that has tremendous confidence. You can tell in his body language when he is in a groove that no one is going to take him out of it.”