Reed City softball saw a remarkable turnaround behind strong young core

Coyotes will only lose one player as they bid for CSAA title next season

Reed City coach Roger Steig talks to his team after a game this season. (File photo)

Reed City coach Roger Steig talks to his team after a game this season. (File photo)

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REED CITY—Reed City softball had a monumental turn around this year compared to 2021, winning 17 more games and finishing second in the CSAA. 

Reed City softball finished the season 20-19 with a league record of 9-5. The Coyotes finished second in the CSAA. Head coach Roger Steig talked about his 15th season as head coach for Reed City after going 3-29 in 2021. 

“We had to be the most improved team in the area, and we did it with a very strong non-league schedule with 12 ranked teams on it.” Steig said. “We won four games against those ranked teams.” 

What’s scary for the rest of the CSAA conference is that the Coyotes are only saying goodbye to one senior. 

The only graduating senior for the Coyotes is catcher Rylie Shafer. Batting fourth in the lineup, Shafer would have a batting average of .393, with an on-base percentage of .454. She had 27 RBIs and 43 runs. On defense, she threw out six runners attempting to steal. For her efforts she was named to the CSAA All-Conference team alongside the All-District team. 

“Rylie did a lot for our pitching staff.” Steig said. “She used her senior leadership and played mother hen to them. She was a three-sport athlete with a 3.79 GPA.”  

After Shafer, Reed City is loaded with young talent that made noise in the CSAA this season. 

The next great player for the Coyotes this season was sophomore Isabell Guy. As a pitcher, she notched 139 strikeouts and 17 wins. As a batter, Guy batted second in the lineup, she had a batting average of .306. She had one home run, 22 RBIs, 29 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases. Guy was also named to the CSAA All-Conference team. 

“She is our rock. She trains for softball 12 months a year.” Steig said. “Her performance on the pitchers mound was the main reason for the team's huge turn around this year.” 

Shortstop Kaylin Goodman is also a sophomore and showed strong play throughout the season. She batted third in the lineup and finished with a batting average of .333. She notched 10 doubles and four triples. She scored 40 runs and notched 27 RBIs alongside 11 stolen bases. She was named to the CSAA all-conference team and the All-District team. 

Freshman third baseman Hayden Cutler entered the lineup and added another strong offensive weapon for Reed City. With a batting average of .309, Cutler notched 34 RBIs and scored 29 runs on the year. She hit 10 doubles, two triples, and two home runs. She was named an honorable mention pick for the all-conference team, while also being named to the All-District team. 

“Hayden was our clutch hitter all year. With runners in scoring position, she is the one we wanted at the plate.” Steig said. 

The final player to receive All-District honors was freshman center fielder Paitlyn Enos. Batting leadoff for the Coyotes, she had a batting average of .368. She notched 13 RBIs and led the team with 16 stolen bases. Defensively, Enos had a fielding percentage of .918. 

“She was our most versatile player.” Stieg said. “She played infield, outfield and pitched. She only had one error all year in center field.” 

With the Coyotes returning nearly every player to a team that finished second in the conference, hopes are sky high for next season.  

“This year we worked very hard in the off-season and knew we would be much better but still not quite knowing what to expect going into the season.” Steig said. “Next year we will come into the season expecting to win a conference title and expecting to make a good run in the post season tournament. I have been working with our Athletic Director (Ryan) Hansen and our out-of-conference schedule will be very tough. This will make some of our goals more achievable.”