Reed City senior pitcher ready to go



BIG RAPIDS -- Reed City's Clayton Wayne got some valuable baseball experience last season and is hoping this pays off in a major way for the 2020 campaign.

Wayne is a senior. He's been on the varsity for two years. The 2019 season was his first full varsity year.

"It went well," he said. "We didn't have a very good record. As a team we did pretty well against some real tough opponents."

Wayne was a pitcher last season along with right field, left field and shortstop. It's likely he'll be at those spots against this year.

As a pitcher, "my strengths are being able to hit my spots, like corners, paying attention to baserunners," he said. "My best pitch is probably my slider."

As a shortstop, "my strength is being able to read baserunners and seeing what their next move is going to be and fielding ground balls cleanly," he said.

"In the outfield, I use my speed to get to the ball."

Wayne said he made good contact at the plate and hopes to hit between .300 and .400.

"You have to keep your hands inside, drive the ball and make good contact," he said.

Reed City is on break with the coronavirus issue. If the season resumes April 6, the Coyotes have home games on April 9 against Gaylord St. Mary.