Reed City pitcher, catcher anxious to get season started
REED CITY — Two young players hope to play a key role for Reed city’s softball team this season.
The Coyotes haven’t been able to play actual games entering this week because of the weather. They were scheduled to be at Morley Stanwood Tuesday and are set to play Thursday at Pine River in non-league action and next Tuesday at Newaygo in Central State Activities Association play.
Julianne Griffin is a freshman pitcher who will be counted upon to spark a very young Coyote staff that will have no upperclassmen. The other pitchers also will be freshmen.
“I was on a travel team out of Grand Rapids and I played travel ball last year,” she said.
Besides pitching, Griffin also will play first and third base. She has pitched since the fourth grade. As a freshman, she’ll be asked to handle varsity pitching immediately.
“It’s kind of nerve racking but I think I can handle it,” she said. “I like pressure too. I have pretty good movement now. That’s my biggest thing. I’ve been working on my curve and screwball.”
The lack of having been outside extensively will hurt the pitching “quite a bit,” Griffin said. “Once we get outside, it’s a difference between pitching on a rug as compared to pitching on dirt. I think it will be an adjustment I can make.”
Offensively, Griffin calls herself “an all right hitter. I’ve been working on a couple of adjustments on that too. We have to fix my load a little so my timing isn’t as off. I’m pretty confident with it. You have to keep your head down.”
As a team, “we’re pretty young but I think we can make it through,” Griffin said. “We have to be patient. The biggest thing is learning from your mistakes. Every play is a new play.”
Another key player will be Lindsey Greer, who is a sophomore.
She is a transfer from Tri County but played varsity as a freshman and was at catcher.
“I had a pretty good season,” said Greer, who batted around .200, and is looking to hit several points higher. “I can keep the ball in front of me (defensively) and be quick.”
The Coyotes, as of last week, had spent most of their time practicing inside.
“I’m waiting to get outside,” Greer said. “You can’t work on your actual plays and run the bases.”
The Coyotes don’t have any returning pitchers and only return two starters.
“We’re looking good so far. We’ll have to put extra work in because we’re so young,” Greer said. “I’ve been working with (the pitchers) during the offseason and they’ve been working real hard at it.”