Reed City senior confident of improved season

Shafer will be at catcher and shortstop

Rylie Shafer

Rylie

Shafer

John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – Rylie Shafer hopes to play a key role for a Reed City softball team expected to be much improved this season.

She’s in her senior season and will be a catcher and shortstop this spring for the Coyotes. She did some pitching last season but doesn’t plan any this year unless she’s needed.

It’s her 10th year of softball and fourth for varsity.

“It was rough last year,” Shafer said. “But at the end of the season, it started picking up a little bit.”

It was a  young team last year and will be young again this year but with more experience. Shafer expects to be more of a leader.

As a catcher, “probably my arm,” is a strength, Shafer said while expressing confidence in being able to throw out runners. She also hopes to be strong in blocking wild pitches.

Her arm and range are strengths at shortstop, Shafer added.

“I hit the ball decent last year,” Shafer said.  “I struggled a little bit.  You have to keep your head on the ball.”

Reed City opens at Lake City on April 6 and has home games April 9 with Marion and April 12 with Clare.

Shafer played summer ball with her travel team. She also plays volleyball and basketball, but said softball is her favorite.

“I like the family atmosphere,” she said.