Reed City senior infielder eyes productive season

REED CITY — Katianne Hansen is looking for her senior season to be a strong one for the Reed City softball team.

This marks her third season of being a starter in varsity softball.

“We always have a good game against Pine River,” Hansen said, looking at past contests. “They’re our rivals in softball.”

From her sophomore to junior season Hansen said she improved “a lot. My hitting has improved a lot, and I’ve gotten more confident in my fielding.”

She’s playing third base and shortstop for the Coyotes.

“I have to have good reflexes and a good arm in order to make the throw,” Hansen said, adding that she’s been working on “my throw, being able to keep it in the chest.”

She indicated third base was her best position. At the plate, she batted around .300 last season and has been working on improving that average. Seeing the ball will be a key factor.

Hansen didn’t play summer or fall softball in 2015 because of a shoulder injury. But she entered the season at 100 percent and was working at catching up during the preseason.

The Coyotes are home against Pine River on Thursday and plays at the Traverse City St. Francis Tournament on Saturday.

“We have a lot of talent,” Hansen said. “It’s a pretty young team, but we all get along well. I think we’ll be able to go far.”