Reed City hurler Morgan off to impressive beginning of season

REED CITY — Junior Courtney Morgan seems to have found her comfort zone inside the Reed City softball pitching circles.

She started the season last week with pitching victories over Big Rapids and Ludington at home. She’s 4-0.

Morgan saw action last season but usually behind No. 1 hurler Sam McDonald.

“It was adequate but this year was much better,” Morgan said. “I worked a lot during the offseason and pitched every week. I have more consistency and another pitch I can throw, the curve ball.”

The wins over Ludington to open last week gave Morgan a major boost of confidence.

“I was surprised at myself,” she said. “I came in, walked the first batter, but I did pull through. Our defense is great. We work hard on our defense.”

“I felt she was stronger in the second game,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said after the Ludington twinbill. “But there’s still plenty for Morgan to work on.

“I want to make sure I can hit all my spots,” she said.

“Offensively, today was decent,” she said after the Ludington games. “But I’m hoping I can get much better. We need to make sure we work together.”

Tough teams in the Central State Activities Association include Morley Stanwood, not to mention Pine River in the non-league slate, Morgan said.