Reed City softball team will use its speed this season

REED CITY — Reed City coach Roger Steig is looking for his team to use its quickness to win games this season.

The Coyotes are in their second week of preseason practice. Weather-permitting, they’re slated to play at Evart on Wednesday. They return from spring break in early April.

Reed City was 19-20 last season.

The Coyotes, who practiced for the first time outside on Sunday, have 13 on the varsity.

Sidni Rushford, is coming back as a junior at first base and pitcher. Junior Devin Willard returns to the outfield. Senior Bailey Brummell is back at third base. Senior Taylor Cutler will be at catcher. Kamryn Myers, sophomore shortstop-catcher, will be back for her second varsity season.

There were four seniors who graduated last season, including pitcher Julianne Griffin, Ally Yarger, Oliva Laason and Katianne Hanson.

“We have a couple of freshmen we brought up who are looking exciting, Mady Brown and Madi Morgan,” Steig said.

Morgan is slated to be the No. 2 pitcher and play second base. Brown will be at shortstop.

“I’m really excited, we have a lot of energy going,” Steig said. “We won’t be real deep. Our frontline is going to be pretty tough. One of our strengths will be the speed of this team. We’ll be extremely fast. We’ll put pressure on defenses to deal with the speed of this team.

“With hard work, I think this team will come together and be competitive.”