Reed City pitcher getting ready for high school softball


REED CITY — Sidni Rushford has played summer ball with the Reed City High School team since the sixth grade and is at it again for the Coyotes.

Rushford, a freshman for the 2014-15 sports season, recently ended the 13-14-year-old Reed City junior division team. She is also a member of a travel league ball team out of Grand Rapids.

Rushford is a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder. Her Reed City team was 7-1 with the 13-14-year-old team.

“We had positive attitudes,” Rushford said, who served as the team’s main pitcher. “I’ve been doing good.”

Rushford, getting ready for high school ball, is also playing with the Reed City Rage, the Coyotes’ summer team. The Rage will be playing Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and next in the Local Area Teams (LAT) league. She saw action last week in a doubleheader against Manton.

During summer ball, Rushford is focusing on her hitting and fielding.

“Just to make contact,” is the key thing behind her hitting, said Rushford, who focused on playing steady defense at third and first bases when she’s not hitting.

The future seems promising as far as Rushford’s concerned. The success of the 13-14-year-old team gives evidence of that.

“There’s a lot of talent,” she said. “They all want to play.”

Rushford has been an active softball player during the summer and agrees that it’s important. She’s been playing since the third grade. It’s her last season with the 13-14-year old team. She played with the high school team last season also.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said.