Reed City baseball players getting varsity experience

REED CITY — Several new faces for the 2015 Reed City varsity baseball team are getting a chance to see what they can do during summer baseball.

Taylor Pelton, an infielder-outfielder, saw some action Monday in a doubleheader split with Evart. Pelton is returning to the football team as a varsity player as a junior next season.

“It’s fun, I’m learning,” Pelton said, noting that improving on his hitting and fielding is a key factor. “Pitching is a lot faster than JV.”

That will be a major transition Pelton and other JV players will look to  make as they get ready for the varsity level.

A strength on the JV level was hitting, Pelton said.

The Coyotes graduated a lot of seniors. “We’ll have to come ready to go,” Pelton said. “We only have three or four players coming back.”

Pelton has also been putting in plenty of work for football. He’s a linebacker.

“It’s not that bad,” he said of his hectic summer sports sched”It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of dedication.”

But it will pay off in the end, as far as Pelton is concerned.

Pelton and the Coyotes split with Evart in a pair of 9-5 home games Monday, losing the first one and winning the second.

Ray Phenix pitched, along with Hunter Morrison who will be a freshman. Trevor Theil, another varsity returnee, pitched the second game.

“His mechanics are a little rusty,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “He’s a good athlete and he can throw.”

Reed City plays at Grant next Monday and at Cedar Springs July 14.

“We’re trying to get them to get the basics of baseball in,” Shaffer said. “We try to help them out as much as we can and have some fun. They’re not coming back if they don’t have fun.”