Reed City baseball, softball teams are ready for regular-season action


REED CITY — Spring break has ended and the Reed City baseball Coyotes are anxious to get the season started.

Coach Marty Shaffer worked with his players during last week’s break.

“We were going to practice three days,” he said. “On Thursday, it was too wet. We practiced two days and had a good turnout (Tuesday and Wednesday). They were nice days. We were on the field. We scrimmaged ourselves and got into the swing of playing a game. It was good to do it early.”

On the schedule this week are home games Thursday against Pine River and Friday against Gladstone. The games are scheduled for the field behind the high school. The new field at the Rocket football facility is still too wet to use, Shaffer indicated.

“I haven’t decided yet who’s going to be pitching,” Shaffer said. “We’ll set up our rotation so we have guys that we want to save for conference games. We’ll try to pitch everybody this week so they can get some live throwing at somebody else. We want to get everybody involved as soon as we can.”

The Coyotes were scheduled to practice every day this week other than game days.


Coach Roger Steig’s Coyotes were slated for Tuesday softball action but that game was canceled because of the weather. As a result, Reed City will be playing at home Thursday against Pine River in the Coyotes’ first action of the season.

Many Reed City players were in Florida over the spring break last week from Sunday through Friday and got a chance to see some action.

“It went great, we had some good experience,” said Steig. “A northwest Florida community College (in Niceville, Fla.) let us use their facility one whole day. The coaches came out. It was pretty cool.”

The Coyotes used other facilities during the week.

Reed City plays at Big Rapids next Tuesday.