Reed City closes LAT league season at 11-1

HOWARD CITY — Reed City’s softball team posted 19-5 and 16-0 wins over Tri County Wednesday night to end the LAT League season.

The Coyotes had previously clinched the LAT League title with a sweep last week over Pine River. The Bucks earlier in the summer handed the Coyotes their only league loss.

“Our girls played the most intense ball they have all summer,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “They were really sharp on the basepaths and played the game with a lot of intensity.”

Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher in the opener. She walked one, gave up three runs and seven hits, and struck out 11.

Kameron Myers had three hits including a inside the park grand slam home run in the sixth inning. Rushford also had three hits.

Devyn Willard and Joslyn Wirth had two hits apiece while Maddie Morgan and Rikki Saez had one apiece.

The second game went only three innings and Rushford didn’t allow a hit. She retired the first eight batters and walked the ninth one. She struck out three.

Willard and Ally Yarger had three hits apiece while Bailey Brummel, Myers and Rushford had one apiece. Myers had another inside the park home run.

“We’ve showed steady improvement every week,” Steig said. “Things are really looking good for next spring.”

He indicated most of his summer league girls will be on the varsity next spring. Jules Griffin, who will be a senior, and Rushford, a sophomore, saw steady action during the summer. They were the top two pitchers for the Coyotes last spring and will be one-two again in 2016.

Among the returning players in 2016 is Katianne Hansen, who is focusing on having her senior Reed City softball season be her best one.

Hansen completed her junior season in the spring and has been playing with the Coyotes during the summer.

“I think we did really good,” Hansen said of the spring season. “We improved a lot and during the end of the season we played really good as a team.”

It was Hansen’s second varsity season.

“I improved a whole lot,” she said. “I became more comfortable with playing the game and focusing just on the game.”

Hansen plays third base for Reed City.

“I have a good arm and glove,” Hansen said, adding that her focus on improvement next season is “just getting my throw there and making sure it’s not a wild throw.”

She improved her hitting as a junior, but wants to get better next year.

“I just want to make contact,” Hansen said.

The Coyotes have already clinched the summer LAT League title and are looking forward to the 2016 spring season.

“I think we’re going to do really good,” Hansen said. “We have some good players coming up.”

She’s looking to especially be a better hitter.

Summer softball “is very important,” Hansen said. “You can improve on the little things during the summer.”

Hansen also is involved in equestrian during the fall. Her main summer focus has been softball.

Reed City closes its summer season Thursday with a nonleague doubleheader at Montabella.