Reed City second baseman reflects on strong junior season

REED CITY — Ally Yarger has played a strong second base for Reed City as a junior this softball season.

“In the end, we came out the way we should have started but we definitely should have started the way we ended,” Yarger said prior to districts. “It took us awhile to get used to the pitcher’s speed.”

Yarger was confident in her team following the regular season.

“We’re a solid ball team,” she said. “We’re good defensively and offensively.”

A split over a strong Kalkaska softball team was among the regular-season highlights, Yarger noted.

She’s been at second base for two years and said she’s improved “a lot” at the position, “all the way around.”

Yarger’s hitting also improved for the Coyotes.

“I’m swinging a lot harder and fundamentals go into that too,” she said.

Yarger was confident of a win over Shelby in the predistrict, which the Coyotes accomplished to advance to the district tournament.

“We have to work our hardest,” she said.

Reed City lost 7-3 to Hesperia in the district to end its season at 17-14.

Yarger will be among the Coyotes returning to the 2016 team, which will hope to compete for the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title.