Reed City freshman infielder learning the ropes during summer ball


REED CITY — Devin Willard will be a freshman this season at Reed City but is picking up some valuable experience.

She has played the sport six years and has played for the Rage, Reed City’s summer softball team.

“It’s been going good, I’ve learned a lot,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot in my batting. I guess I was not doing it completely correct. But I’ve learned the correct way to bat...with (correctly using) my arms and my feet.”

Like other players, Willard is looking to be more consistent in staying away from non-strike pitches.

Defensively in the past, Willard has usually played second base. During the Local Area Teams (LAT) play, Reed City coach Roger Steig has been experimenting with players at different spots.

“I’ve always played Little League, and this is my first time playing summer ball,” Willard said. “I played left field and center field and I’ve played first (this summer).”

Against girls of her grade, Willard figures second base is her strength.

“It’s a little bit of a challenge against the high schoolers,” she said. “I  think I’m good at catching the throws that maybe aren’t a perfect throw. I think I have a pretty good arm.”

The Coyotes close the season at home with Montabella Thursday.

Willard will be running cross country in the fall and playing softball in the spring. She ran cross country in seventh and eighth grade. The distances in high school are much longer.

“I have to start running,” she said. “I have to start training. By the end of the summer, I should be in good shape to do well.”