Reed City softball girls active in summer leagues

REED CITY — A softball player’s work is never done.

That was evident Sunday evening when the Reed City Coyotes and coach Roger Steig were busy at the softball diamond going through basic fundamentals and preparing for summer games in the LAT League and at Mount Pleasant.

The players Steig and his assistant were working with included those at the junior high and varsity levels.

Ever since the high school season ended in the state quarterfinals in June, the RC softball players have remained active.

Games are Tuesday with the LAT League, which involves games with Cadillac and Pine River, and Wednesdays at Mount Pleasant.

Steig said the summer program gives younger girls a chance for more playing time and also gives newcomers a chance to work on filling spots vacated by graduates from the 2012 team.

He also graduated all three pitchers from the 2012 squad, making the summer all the more important for players like Brittani Yarger, who will be a junior for the 2013 season. Last season, she played JV softball in her first year at Reed City. She previously played at Evart. She pitched and played shortstop.

Yarger has been a regular at summer softball practices.

“I’ve had to change my hitting style so I can get up to varsity level,” she said. “My pitching I have to work on.”

Yarger pitched extensively for the JVs and anticipates pitching for the 2013 varsity team, making this a very important summer.

Yarger will play volleyball in the fall and will also look to get in as much time for softball during the offseason.

“I’m working on speed and other pitches and striding farther,” she said

Yarger hit a home run on the JV level and is also working on her batting during the summer.

“I got moved up for districts,” Yarger said. “I practiced with the varsity. You just have to stay focused.”