Reed City softball team eyes significant improvement

Coyotes return several key players

Kaylin Goodman

Kaylin

Goodman

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REED CITY – It was a building season in 2021 for the Reed City softball team and the Coyotes are hoping to take more steps forward this season.

The Coyotes graduate team captain Lily Andres from last years team.

“She led by example,” Roger Steig said. “She batted three and four in the lineup and was our most clutch hitter with runners on base. Mia Peterson was our strongest base runner.”

Kaylin Goodman, a sophomore, will return to the shortstop spot.

“She will be one of the top softball players in the area to watch both offensively and defensively,” Steig said. “Sophomore Izabell Guy will return as pitcher. She has put in a tremendous amount of energy into the off-season. She will be our most key player. Her success will play a large role in the team’s success.

“Rylie Shafer is a senior four-year varsity starter. She will be our rock behind the plate. We have a very young pitching staff and she will play a big role in helping keep them on track and focused. She will shut down our opponents from running the bases. Her bat will be huge in the power position in the lineup.”

Kenzie Shoemaker, a sophomore, is back at second base.

“She plays second base like an all-star and will be one of our stronger bats in the lineup,” Steig said. “Paityn Enos, a freshman, is someone we will be looking for pitching and outfield help from. She is very athletic and can play defense anywhere we need her. She will be one of our toughest hitters. While she is a freshman, she has a ton of softball experience.

“Hayden Cutler, a freshman, will be at third base. While she is talented on defense, she will bring a lot of strength to our hitting lineup. Hannah Stellini is a sophomore. She will be our utility player. She is very athletic and can play all nine positions and play them well. She will be a strong hitter with great speed.”

Reed City opens the season home at Lake City on Wednesday and is at home with Marion on Saturday

Steig said athleticism will be a strength for his team.

“This team will take a huge step forward from last year’s team which only had three wins,” he said. “Our secret to success will be how well our pitchers control the game on the mound.”

Reed City competes in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

“Our conference will be very strong this year,” Steig said. “I would think Central Montcalm would be the team to beat. I am optimistic we will make a strong showing in the league race.”