REED CITY — It’s the third week of baseball practices for the Reed City baseball team, which is as anxious as anyone to see green grass and warmer temperatures.

Spring break is next week and then the Coyotes get ready for their schedule, starting with a home game April 12 with Ludington.

One of the key returning varsity players is senior Evan Stieg, in his third season. He’ll be a pitcher and utility player.

“It went very well I thought,” Stieg said of the 2010 season. “We thought we could get out of the districts winning. We had Pine River the first round and we knew whoever won that game would probably win districts. We’re hoping for a rematch this year.”

As a pitcher, Stieg hopes to have his fastball working effectively. “Hopefully, my curve ball will be dialed in,” he said.

At the plate, Stieg didn’t bat too much last year but is hoping to hit higher numbers this season.

“I need to choose my pitches and make the pitcher fight for getting me out of there,” he said.

“We’re looking really good this year,” Stieg said. “The seniors last year helped out. We’ve got some younger kids who will have to fill in.”

Alex Repo, a senior, will be in center field and see some pitching action.

“I pitch when I’m needed when others have sore arms,” he said. “I just try to fill in and throw strikes.”

As a hitter, “I just try to put the ball in play every time,” Repo said. “I don’t go for home runs.”

In the outfield, Repo usually tries to cover as much ground as possible.

“I try to make my other outfielders be comfortable,” he said, adding that as a pitcher, “I throw strikes.”

The team, under new coach Scott Shankel, “has the ability to be good,” Repo said. “We lost a lot but I think we’ve gained a lot of strong players too.”

Repo hopes the Coyotes can be a CSAA contender. Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills and Morley Stanwood will be among the top league teams, he said.