Reed City outfielder prepares for summer season
REED CITY - Trent Howell was all set for his sophomore season with the Reed City baseball program.
But the Coronavirus attack put this all to rest, for the spring season.
Howell got pulled up halfway through his freshman season to the varsity.
"It was pretty amazing being pulled up to the varsity," Howell said. "Playing with those guys made it even better."
Had there been a season, Howell figures he would have been in the outfield.
"I have a strong arm," he said.
"Isaac (Williams) and Trent bounced back and forth between JV and varsity last year and have some varsity game experience and will play a larger role," Reed City coach Eric Grannis said in preseason comments.
At the plate, Howell's focus was to basically make contact.
"JV is not as much as varsity pitching," he said. "Varsity pitching is a lot different than what you see from JV."
Reed City had a week of preseason practice before the baseball campaign was canceled.
"It was kind of hard that we weren't going to have a season," Howell said. "I hope to jump back my junior year and make up for it. I'll work out during the summer and try to get my arm stronger."
Third base is another possible position for Howell, who feels he had a strong arm and can stop hard-hit ground balls and line drives.
He also plays football, and said players have been doing online Zoom classes for speedtraining.
Summer sports "helps a lot," Howell said. "Not working before the season doesn't help."