Reed City senior excited to return to softball after one-year absence

REED CITY — Taylor Steig has been looking forward to her senior softball season for a long time.

The last time Steig played for the Coyotes, it was as a sophomore on the 2012 squad that was in the Class B quarterfinals. But she had to miss her junior season after undergoing hip reconstruction surgery last April. She had surgery again late last year on the other side but now is ready to go as one of the top players on the team, coached by her dad Roger Steig.

The 2012 team included her sister Amanda, who is now at Grand Rapids Community College.

Steig had her second surgery in October and has been back in softball action since January.

“I feel like I’m 100 percent again,” Steig said. “I feel better than I did before.”

From a freshman to a sophomore, Steig went from .123 to .500 in the batter’s box. Offseason work seemed to do the trick.

“I was pretty much in the cage every day over the summer and corrected my form,” Steig said.

Position-wise, Steig plans on playing a variety of positions. She has been a catcher and first baseman in the past.

“I feel comfortable catching,” she said. “I played it since Little League. I have a good mitt. I don’t miss a lot of balls.”

She missed last season but Steig doesn’t expect to be rusty.

“I expect to be better,” she said. “With my hips fixed, I expect it to help me out a lot. They were bothering me really bad the first couple of years.”

The weather has kept the Coyotes inside but they’re going to Florida over spring break starting April 4.

“It will help the coach figure out where he wants to put everybody and give him time to sort out the team,” Steig said.

The first scheduled game after the break is April 15 with Bay City Central.