REED CITY  — Alex Brummel has been making major contributions for Reed City’s baseball team this season.

He’s a sophomore in his first varsity season as a catcher. He played junior varsity baseball last season. “It’s the speed of the game,” he said of the adjustment of varsity, and adding that pitchers “are much faster. I’ve adjusted pretty well.”

As a catcher, Brummel considers himself fully capable of keeping the ball in front of him. He also has faith in his arm to keep runners honest. He also has a strong dialogue with the pitchers. He wants to improve on his throwdowns and staying active behind the plate.

Brummel has also been happy with his offense, which has included some multi-hit games.

“I’d say I’m hitting pretty well, actually,” he said. “It’s a matter of making sure I’m hitting the ball and keeping my head in there.”

So far, he’s been able to stay away from the bad pitches.

The Coyotes have been struggling for wins, but Brummel is confident his team can keep getting better.

“We just have to talk a little more and make sure we all stay where we should be,” Brummel said.

The Coyotes are grooming up for the final weeks of the season. This week, they’re at Chippewa Hills on Friday, at the Cadillac Invitational on Saturday and home with Kalkaska on Monday.