Reed City baseball, softball host BR Friday


REED CITY — Temperatures finally warmed up this week but rainy weather was expected to challenge teams for finally getting in some playing time.

Reed City’s baseball and softball teams will hope for good weather this Friday when they’re both scheduled to be at home to face Central State Activities Association rival Big Rapids.

Weather forecasts from earlier this week suggested there could be some rainouts and postponements of games this week.

Last week, Reed City baseball coach Scott Shankel was hoping to go outdoors with a partial team since it was spring break. Prior to that, the weather was not allowing baseball teams to get outdoors.

Reed City will be at Morley Stanwood next Tuesday.

Shankel has had a chance to watch his players and determine who will see action for him. Among his pitchers are expected to be seniors Ricky Droke, Ryan Willis, Sean Woodside and Jordan Straub and Ray Phenix, a sophomore.

“Ricky’s my main catcher,” Shankel ssid. “I use him (as a pitcher) when I can. But he’s going to be pretty big behind the plate for me this year.”

Eric Grannis and Droke were among the top hitters for the Coyotes last season

The biggest hitter last season was Dylan Kichak, who has graduated, Shankel noted

“We’ve got ideas,” Shankel said while speculating who could be in the regular lineup. “But spring has not been so favorable.”


Reed City’s softball team also is home on Friday against Big Rapids.

Evart baseball  and softball teams will be home Wednesday against Buckley.

Pine River’s baseball and softball squad were set to play at Morley Stanwood Tuesday of this week, weather-permitting and also to be at Kent City on Thursday.