Reed City senior eyes her best softball season

REED CITY — Ally Yarger understandably wants to have her best season as a Reed City senior softball player.

If she gets it, the Coyotes will increase their chances of having a banner 2016 season.

It’s her fourth varsity season. Looking back, she still considers her freshman season to be her best, although the other two also have been productive.

“I think I fielded better,” she said of her freshman season. “But I’ve been working a lot more on it, too.”

Yarger plays second base for the Coyotes.

“(Coach Roger Steig) flip flops us around,” Yarger said. “If I’m not at second, I might be at third.”

Her strength as a fielder is “I stop the ball and I have a good arm,” she said.

Yarger figures her freshman season also featured her best hitting.

This year, “I’m hoping it gets better,” she said. “I’m working on quick hands, and head on the ball.”

She wants to be more relaxed as the plate.

“It’s mental and physical,” she said.

Yarger had worked on her softball during the offseason.

“During the winter, we had hitting every Sunday,” Yarger said. “Then we had to take a dead week off.”

The Coyotes are in their third week of preseason practices.

“I feel we’ll make it all the way to districts and win,” Yarger said. “All of our players are strong in their positions.”

Reed City opens with home games against Evart (April 12), Cadillac (April 14) and Tri County (April 15).

The emphasis right now is “working our defense and offense,” Yarger said.

The Coyotes have tried to get outside as much as possible.

“It gives you a better feel of how players are because you are on the field, rather than inside,” Yarger said.

He’s expecting Pine River and Manistee to be among the team’s toughest opponents in nonleague and Central Montcalm in the Central State Activities Association’s Gold Division.

The key in close game is “having a positive mind mentally,” Yarger said.