Reed City junior eager to play varsity softball
REED CITY - Makayla Mondrella was among the Reed City softball players getting ready for her first varsity season earlier this spring.
But now she's anticipating on getting started this summer, if softball action gets the greenlight.
Mondrella was among the Reed City players, who coach Roger Steig said, "are making their varsity debuts this season and will all play key roles in our success."
On the JV level, "I was shortstop and I was pretty decent, I improved during the season," Mondrella said. "My batting was really good. I had three-in-the park home runs."
Mondrella got some action during the summer with the Local Area Teams (league).
There wasn't a spring season because of the coronavirus issue. But had there been a season, Mondrella was looking at playing shortstop for the Coyotes. She's played the position since the eighth grade.
"I like that you have to really pay attention, not only at your position but everyone else's and make sure everything is going the way it's supposed to," Mondrella said.
She is confident in her arm throw to first base and being able to stop the ball from going through the gaps. She's also confident of hitting between .400 and .500 at the plate.
The key to success "is definitely keeping your eye on the ball," Mondrella said. "You can't lean back."
Mondrella and the Coyotes got in four days of practice March 9-12 before the MHSAA suspended the season from the coronavirus. Three weeks later, the season was canceled.
"I was really upset about it," Mondrella said. "I was really excited about finally playing up with the varsity. My sophomore year, I did play in tournaments with them."
Mondrella is looking to play in the LAT league this summer.
Her coach Roger Steig is coordinating the league, which will include schools such as Pine River, Big Rapids, Marion, Mesick and Cadillac and feature doubleheaders on Wednesdays in June and July. But the games will only be played if state restrictions are amended or lifted to allow it.
"I've been getting in a little bit of batting practice and throwing in on my freetime," Mondrella said, adding her coaches are confident there will be some type of league, perhaps later in the summer, if necessary.
Mondrella focuses on only softball right now. Her freshman season, she played basketball.
"I decided to focus on softball," she said. "I like the intensity of it. You have to be thinking all the time."