REED CITY — Softball practices started last week for Reed City coach Roger Steig, who will have some enormous challenges this season.

The Coyotes will be extremely young with only two returning starters from a year ago. The Coyotes advanced to the Division 3 quarterfinals.

The Coyotes graduated all of their pitchers and Steig anticipates a staff of three hurlers this season: all freshmen.

Two other players won’t be returning. His daughter, Taylor Steig will be undergoing hip surgery April 2 and will be out for 10 months.

“She’s been playing with a fair amount of pain for about a year,” Roger Steig said.

Shortstop Emma Lockhart is playing college basketball at Cornerstone and is focusing her spring efforts on that sport to get ready.

“We’re going to have tryouts all week this week,” said Steig. “We’ll end them on Friday.”

Because of the weather Steig did not anticipate being outside with his players this week.

If the weather holds, Reed City is scheduled to be at Evart on March 26. That’s the only game prior to spring break.

“We’re going to be real young,” Steig said. ”It’s looking like right now we’re going to have three freshmen pitchers.”

Heather Huss and Skyler Brigham are the only returning starters. Brigham also is running track, Steig said.