Reed City sophomore eager to play key role for Coyotes

REED CITY — Hunter Morrison established his credentials as a freshman for Reed City’s varsity baseball team, and is eager to get some work in as a sophomore for the Coyotes.

“We didn’t have too rough of a season and definitely hit well,” he said. “I would have liked to have done better, but it is what it is. I want to pick up the pace for this season.”

Morrison was active in baseball during the offseason, with a lot of training at the school’s indoor facility. He played soccer in the fall. When that season concluded, his winter focus was on baseball.

He was a pitcher and shortstop last spring and expects to have those same roles again. On the mound, Morrison focuses on accuracy, but he’s also trying to gain speed. He’s not sure what his best pitch might be, but he is more concerned on having an effective arsenal.

As a shortstop, “I have a good throw to first base,” he said. “I want to work on not missing the ball too much.”

At the plate, Morrison batted around .260.

“I wanted it to be in the .200s,” he said. “I need to work on opposite field (hitting).”

Morrison also enjoys stealing bases and is looking to be a spark on the basepaths for the Coyotes.

The Central State Activities Association Gold Division opener is on April 15 with Tri County.

Morrison is looking for this to be a team above .500.

“Hopefully we’ll get districts this year,” he said, adding hitting will be a strength. “We have a lot of power.” 

The shorter distances at the Reed City diamond, “for pitching is a disadvantage, for hitting it helps a lot,” Morrison said, adding Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids should be among the toughest teams the Coyotes will see.