Reed City softball's 2012 squad was one-of-a-kind

Reed City's 2012 softball team went to the state quarterfinal round. (Herald Review file photo)

Reed City's 2012 softball team went to the state quarterfinal round. (Herald Review file photo)

Editor's note: This is another is a series of A Special Season stories to run in the Herald Review this summer. Stories are submitted, upon invitation, by current and former coaches.

REED CITY -- Eight years ago, the Reed City softball program turned in a campaign that will forever go down in the record books of Coyote Athletics.

By the end of their 2012 campaign, the Coyotes and head coach Roger Steig had earned the District and Regional championships, en route to a 29-10 (14-2) record.

RC's girls made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the postseason for the second time in program history.

Steig said he credits a lot of the success experienced in '12 to the overall chemistry and closeness among the players.

"This was a group that I had worked with most of them from the time they were 5 years old all the way through high school," Steig said. "They were the true definition of family."

Four different Coyotes earned First Team All-District and All-Regional honors: Amanda Steig, Taylor Steig, Courtney Morgan and Sydni Arnold.

Steig said his team certainly met all of the expectations he laid out for it prior to the beginning of the season.

"They were just a group of down-to-earth, tough kids," Steig said.

Steig earned MHSAA Coach of the Year honors and subsequently given the opportunity to coach the MHSAA All-Star Team, where his daughter Amanda tossed three innings of no-hit ball, with six strikeouts, no walk and no runs, before finishing the game behind the plate at catcher.

The RC coach said this was one of his fondest memories of the season, along with both of his daughters seeing quarter-finals action.

While down 5-4 in the final inning of the regional finals, No. 8-hitter Heather Huss' walk-off base-hit with the bases loaded to defeat Morley Stanwood and send the Coyotes to the next round also ranked very high on the list of 2012 memories for Steig.

"Everyone in the ballpark just knew I was going to the bench for a pinch-hitter," Steig said. "Instead, I walked up to Heather and said: 'It's your time to shine.' With a confident smile, she went to the plate and drove the first pitch up the middle."

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