Reed City softball player picking up her game a few notches

REED CITY — Devin Willard made a play on Wednesday against Montabella in a home Reed City softball game that explains what summer is all about.

The Reed City center fielder made a catch of a short flyball, just out of the infield, where she had to take control and make the play.

“They were calling for me to get it,” Willard said.

She’s coming off her first varsity season in the spring when she was a sophomore.

“It went pretty good,” Willard said. “I improved my hitting a lot from the year before on the JV.”

The key to that improvement, Willard said, “was keeping my head down.”

She played right and left field during the spring and said she’s willing to play anywhere in the outfield. Center field, Willard agreed, is a spot where she needs to take charge. Looking at the 2017 spring season, she anticipates staying in the outfield.

Her speed, Williard said, is a definite asset.

She also runs cross county the fall. She’ll be entering her fifth season in the sport. Her best time has been around 26 minutes and she figures on being around the same time this fall with hopes to reducing it.

“I need consistency,” she said. “I feel I do better when I keep the same speed all the time time.”

The Coyote softball team lost two games to Montabella and will close the Local Area Team season Wednesday at Tri County.