Reed City softball catcher receives state honors

REED CITY — It was a fun spring for Amanda Steig. Now it will be a busy summer for the Reed City catcher.

Steig is coming off a spring season in which she helped the Coyotes win a regional title.

Steig led the Coyotes, in home runs with five, RBIs with 35 and batting average with .538.

“Things went really well,” Steig said. “We did what we were expected to do. I thought we could do it.”

Coach Roger Steig said he was informed on Monday that Amanda Steig has been selected to the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association all-state first team. The formal announcement was expected to be made on Wednesday.

Steig will be playing for Grand Rapids Community College, which will be having summer scrimmages starting this week.

The Coyotes avenged early-season losses to Pine River and Morley Stanwood during the playoffs. They beat Pine River in the predistricts and Morley Stanwood in the regional finals.

“Morley, we were scared the beginning of the season,” she said. “We had nothing to lose in the regional finals. We played with all we had and we won.”

Reed City lost to Gladstone 8-0 in the quarterfinals. Gladstone lost in the state finals.

“I thought we tried to make things happen instead of letting them happen,” Steig said. “Their pitcher was good.”

Steig played varsity softball four seasons.

“It was definitely my best year,” she said. “I played a lot during the offseason. I never stopped.”

The Coyotes are graduating five seniors with Steig, Ally Stieg, Courtney Morgan, Sam McDonald and Sydni Arnold.

With that in mind, coach Roger Steig will be having a summer program in hopes of giving up-and-coming players experience to get ready for the spring of 2013.

Reed City will also practice 6-8 p.m. every Sunday and play Wednesdays in Mount Pleasant. There’s also LAT League games involving Reed City, Lake City, Pine River and Cadillac.