REED CITY — Rikki Saez was among the Reed City softball players who benefited from a strong summer season.

Saez will be a sophomore next spring. She was on the junior varsity during the spring and played second base. During the summer, she played third base. Her arm is a strength, she said.

Saez has focused on her hitting during the summer and said she improved a lot. Confidence is the key, she said, and her hitting has benefited as a result.

Saez is hoping to play on the varsity next year.

“It’s much faster than JV and more intense,” she said, adding summer softball is very important.

Reed City was 13-1 during the summer season. Saez is planning on playing with the fall softball team. 

The fall team played at Comstock Park recently and lost two games to the Big Rapids Extreme. The first game was 15-14. Kourtney Brock was the pitcher of record. She walked one, struck out two and gave up three hits.

Saez and Maddie Morgan had three hits apiece. Taylor Warner and Bailey Brummel had two hits apiece. Devin Willard, Brock and Carleigh Trowvbridge had one hit apiece.

Reed City lost the second game 4-0. Morgan pitched and took the loss. She allowed four runs on three hits and seven walls.

Warner had two hits. Brock had one hit.

Coach Roger Steig said the team also includes Pine River players.