Reed City first baseman will look forward to next year

REED CITY -- When baseball practices at Reed City started on March 9, not every potential player was in the gym because basketball was still taking place in district action. But sophomore Treyvor Conklin was able to get in a full week of practice and was looking forward to another two weeks of preseason, spring break, and then getting the regular season going.

Then came the bad news from the MHSAA there would be no spring season because of the coronavirus issue.

The good news for Conklin is he has two more seasons. He was on the varsity as a freshman, which was encouraging news for the program.

"I did pretty good," Conklin said of the 2019 season. "I feel my hitting was pretty good."

He had an impressive hitting average around .300 for the Silver Slugger award.

"I just try to stay focused and block everything out," he said. "I feel a lot more powerful and confident in my swing with some coaching."

"Treyvor Conklin is a sophomore and plays first base," new Reed City coach Eric Grannis said prior to the start of the season. "Treyvor is going to be a large contributor to our lineup hitting in the middle of the lineup like he did last year as a freshman. Hitting from the left side, he has a smooth swing that not many players his age has. He also is one of the most cerebral players that we have in the program. He only plays baseball so in the offseason I know he works hard at home and his play really shows it."

At first base, "I pretty much can catch everything," he said. "I can play everywhere, but that's my main position."

Conklin, prior to the close of the season, had confidence his team could be stronger than last year.

"We had quite a few coming back," he said.