Reed City baseball looks ahead to future success

REED CITY — It was Marty Shaffer’s first season as coach for Reed City baseball and the Coyotes will also be working this summer to get ready for the 2015 campaign. It was not quite the record Reed City wanted at 8-25. The Coyotes, like other teams, battled with poor weather in preseason and in the early part of the schedule. Shaffer, in his first coaching job, has been working to get baseball into a successful program at Reed City.

“I think we didn’t play as well as we hoped,” Shaffer said. “Overall, I thought it was positive. The kids worked hard and never gave up. Even until the last out in districts, we kept fighting.”

The season ended with the district semifinal loss to Pine River.

“Overall it was a fun,” Shaffer said. “It was my first year. They really did what you asked them to do and worked hard. I hope my teams in the future continue to be as hard working as they were.”

The Coyotes will be graduating nine seniors. Patrick Jobes, Nick Bonnett, Ray Phenix, Logan Straub and Trevor Theil are among the underclassmen returning.

“We’ll have a very young team next year by the looks of our JV squad,” Shaffer said.

For the first time in a few years, the Coyotes will be playing in the summer Monday and Wednesday night doubleheaders

“We want to get them more playing time,” Shaffer said. “The last few years, they’ve played baseball and then they’re done until the next spring and then play football and basketball.”

The summer schedule will start the week of June 16 and will include teams like Evart, Hesperia, Manton and Tri County. Jeff Wilson and Shaffer will be coaching. Shaffer said teams will play two five-inning games with 5:30 start times. Home games for Reed City will be at the high school field.