Reed City baseball set to start season

Reed City coach Marty Shaffer is ready to start another baseball season.
Reed City coach Marty Shaffer is ready to start another baseball season.

REED CITY — Marty Shaffer is like a lot of high school baseball coaches, who is anxious to get the 2019 baseball season started.

But like any other coach and any other year, Shaffer may have to wait for the weather and field conditions to cooperate.

There were two weeks of practices starting on March 11 and spring break last week. The first scheduled game is at Morley Stanwood on Thursday The first home game is April 9 with Cadillac.

This marks Shaffer’s sixth season as Reed City coach. The Coyotes have won two straight district titles.

In regards to offseason work, “we did very little this year compared to recent years,” Shaffer said. “We had a ton of snow days, especially on Sunday. That was our big day to work out. A lot of days were cancelled on Sunday because of now. A lot of guys are playing football and basketball. Baseball is their third sport so it’s tough to get them in the winter.”

Shaffer didn’t anticipate getting on the field until the first of April.

“We’re carrying 12 on the varsity and we’re going to carry 12 on the JV,” Shaffer said. “We definitely lost some key guys we had in the past and it’s tough to replace those guys. We have four seniors, Payton Hanson who was a sophomore, and a lot guys returning and know how we do things. We have some good kids coming back. Overall, I’d say we’re maybe not as talented but are very hard working.”