Reed City junior eyes improvement in her third varsity softball season

REED CITY — This will mark the third varsity softball season for Reed City’s Skiler Brigham, who is hoping it will prove to be her best so far.

She’s a junior who moved up to the varsity as a freshman.

“My fielding went up a lot but my batting average went down,” Brigham said in contrasting her freshman to her sophomore seasons.

Brigham is looking to jump her batting average somewhere from .300 to .400 this spring.

“It will take lots of practice in the cage,” she said. “I’m definitely seeing the ball a lot better. I’m keeping my head in. In the cage, I like watching the ball hitting the bat.”

Brigham also plays volleyball and basketball. She said she got the chance to play some softball during the summer.

“I feel a lot better about this year than last year,” she said.

Reed City practices have been confined to the indoors the first four weeks and Brigham’s position has yet to be determined.

“I played left field my freshman year and first base last year,” Brigham said, adding that she has an effective arm defensively. “A lot of fundamentals and fielding,” has been the emphasis in practices, Brigham added.

The first game is scheduled for April 17 at Pine River. This is spring break and players, including Brigham, were set to go to Florida during the week off to get in some valuable outdoor practice time.

“It’s a lot of training stuff,” Brigham said. “Everybody has at least a year of varsity experience.”