Reed City softball coach reflects on 2014 season

REED CITY — Reed City ended its softball season this spring at 15-19. But veteran coach Roger Steig can’t help but think “what might have been” with various game results this year.

“At the start of the season, I knew our league (Central State Activities Association) would be tough from top to bottom,” Steig said, “and it would be anybody’s to win. It turned out to be that way. We beat Chip Hills, who won the league ... we won against them. We lost to teams that finished toward the bottom. Every night out in league play, it was a dogfight.”

Many losses could have been wins, Steig recalls.

“It was just tough play all year long,” he said.

Reed City will graduate four seniors including Brittany Cassidy, Nikki Smith, Taylor Steig and Brittani Yarger. Steig was out as a junior after hip surgery.

“Overall, we’re young, we’re very young in the pitching department,” Rodger Steig said. “A lot of our pitchers are coming back.”

That includes No. 1 hurler Julianne Griffin, who will be a junior in 2015.

The Coyotes will continue their tradition under Steig with a heavy summer slate including Sunday practices. This year, rather than play every Wednesday at Mount Pleasant, they will be in a summer league at Bristol.

“We have about 20 girls who want to play summer ball,” Steig said. “We’ll have a lot of  participation. These are the girls that are potential varsity players next year.”