Reed City senior pitcher happy to be healthy

REED CITY — Ray Phenix is back for his senior season and has special reason for looking forward to it.

The first game of last season, Phenix tore some tendons and had surgery on it over the summer.

“I played when I could and pitched when I could,” he said. “I (hurt) it in football and then the first game of (baseball) season, I didn’t warm up properly, I guess, and it strained some muscles.”

Besides pitching last season, Phenix also played some first and second base.

“Every game I could play I played,” he said. “I did all my workouts over summer and did everything I was supposed to. Now I’m probably 10 to 20 times better than last year.”

Phenix is looking to be a pitcher and infielder.

“Whoever is going to pitch, I’ll take their spot,” Phenix said. “I can throw pretty hard and command the fastball. I have pretty good offspeed pitches. During the offseason, me and my dad were in here every day after school throwing for an hour to build my shoulder back up.”

Phenix also is hoping to have a good hitting season.

“My goal is to have a batting average higher than .400,” he said. “I need to keep my mind clear and do what I’ve been working on over the winter.”

Reed City opens at Manton April 15.

“I think we’re going to be pretty good,” Phenix said. “We have lot of young players moving up. The talent on varsity is as good as well.”

Reed City won eight games last season, but the Coyotes are looking for several more this year.