Reed City senior playing key role in her team’s hitting improvement
REED CITY — Reed City’s bats were exploding Friday in a 16-1, 17-9 softball doubleheader win over Newaygo.
Among those players leading the way was senior Skiler Brigham, who hopes to have the best of her four softball seasons for Reed City.
Brigham set the tone of the first game with a three-run homer over the fence. She had four hits in the second game.
“Our bats were really alive tonight,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “The girls hit the best we have all night.”
Brigham was on the 2012 Reed CIty team, as a freshman, that won districts and regionals, and advanced to the state quarterfinals.
Entering the season, Brigham noted that her batting has been going up every season.
“I’ve switched positions every year,” she said. “I haven’t really had a major spot to stay at.”
She played shortstop last year with her focus being on first base this spring.
“You have to be able to dig the ball,” she said. “You have to be able to actually catch the ball, and be able to stretch. I played first base my sophomore year.”
Brigham is hoping to hit high .300s or maybe low .400s this year.
“You have to keep your eye on the ball and watch your the ball hit the bat,” she said. “I’m more patient. You can watch the ball come in. You know what’s going to be a good pitch and what’s going to be bad.”
Brigham likes the Coyotes prospects for 2015.
“I feel we should end up going far again,” she said. “Everyone has been on varsity (a few) years and has varsity experience.”
Brigham expects Chippewa Hills to be among the toughest upcoming teams for Reed City.
It’s almost the end of April but not many teams have been not outside much. Game time, because of cold weather was limited last week.
More outside games will help the team get better, Brigham noted.
“The ball comes off different off a gym floor than it does outside in the dirt,” she said.
Brigham also played volleyball and basketball, but did softball year-round, even during fall and winter.
This week, Reed City is at Pine River Thursday. The Coyotes have home games May 4 with Cadillac, May 5 with Grant and May 8 with Big Rapids.