Reed City batters trying find consistent stroke for postseason

REED CITY — Codie Strach has had an excellent senior season for the Reed City baseball team as has senior Mike Schneidt for the Coyotes who were hoping for a lengthy and prosperous post-season.

It's Schneidt's second varsity season.

“I feel that I've improved a lot,” he said. “I struggled at the beginning of the year but we're coming together.”

Schneidt's hitting has improved from last year, he indicated.

“It's been hard work throughout the winter programs and coming in on Sundays,” he said.

Schneidt has been at second base.

“I've been playing pretty good lately,” he said. “I've been making plays.”

Getting off to a good start has been a challenge for the Coyotes throughout the season.

“We still struggle off from the beginning and seem to work it together at the end,” Schneidt said. “We need to focus. We need to believe that we actually can win games and beat people. We have the potential in us. We just have to bring it out.”

Strach, Reed City's left-handed throwing ace, was 5-3 as of late in the season. It's his third year of pitching on the varsity and it's been his best season.

“The best game was against Central Montcalm even though we lost,” Strach said. “We just weren't hitting the ball.”

His fastball has been humming effectively, Strach indicated. He's been trying to get his curveball to be more effective.

For his team to have success down the stretch, “we need to hit the ball,” Strach said, adding that when he's in the batter's box, “I have to become more patient.”

The Coyotes had to defeat Pine River in a Tuesday predistrict in order to advance to the district tournament this Saturday.

“We have a lot of potential,” Strach said. “We have to hit early. We've been slow coming out and hitting the ball.”

The Coyotes were regional finalists last year and Strach acknowledged that his team was very hopeful of more postseason success.