Reed City softball players earn postseason awards

REED CITY — Several Reed City softball players have received honors to the Central State Activities Association Gold Division all-league team announced recently.

Four-year varsity standout Skiler Brigham nabbed first-team honors, while Allyson Yarger was on the second team. Yarger, a junior, also has played on varsity since her freshman season.

“Brigham was a player all the girls would look up to,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “She leads by example and was one of the greatest athletes I have ever coached.”

Brigham batted .485 with a .626 on-base percentage, 51 hits, 10 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBIs.

“Yarger was ‘miss clutch,’” Steig said. “She would come up with that big play or hit when we needed it the most. She’s a high adrenaline player, and a pretty phenomenal defender.”

Yarger batted .301 with a .486 on-base percentage, 28 hits, six doubles and 24 RBIs.

Lindsey Greer, who will be playing softball for Muskegon Community College next spring, was honorable mention.

“Lindsey was our rock behind the plate all season,” Steig said of Greer’s performance at catcher. “She put a lot of energy into softball, which is the only sport she participates in. But she is so athletic, she could have played three sports.”

Junior Julianne Griffin was on the all-district team. She had an 11-9 pitching record with a 3.06 ERA. She batted .313 with an on-base percentage of .465, one home run, five doubles and 15 RBIs.

“She received the Most Valuable Player Award in 2014,” Steig said. “She trains hard year round and is a team leader.”

Sidni Rushford, a freshman pitcher, also was on the all-district team. She had a 6-5 record with 4.01 ERA. She batted .344 with four doubles and 21 RBIs.

“Sidni hit the ball with power, bunted and slapped,” Steig said. “She batted left-handed and added a lot of offense.”

Herald-Review sportswriter John Raffel also contributed to this report.