Reed City sophomore outfielder explains why his team has enjoyed championship success

Reed City's Spencer Hanson fires a ball to the plate during the regular season.

Reed City's Spencer Hanson fires a ball to the plate during the regular season.

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REED CITY – Reed City sophomore Spencer Hansen and his Coyote teammates had fun winning the Central State Activities Association Gold Division baseball title.

They also loved winning the district crown last weekend.

Hansen was up on the varsity fulltime this year after seeing both varsity and JV action a year  He’s been among Reed City’s top hitters this season. Hansen played with his brother Payton last season and said he learned a lot from his older sibling.

Midway in the season, Hansen was working to get his hitting back up to a strong number and has helped his squad with clutch hits from the plate in recent games.

“The key is shortening up my swing a little bit,” Hansen said. “I’m hoping to be hitting around .300. You see curveballs and knuckleballs and stuff.”

He has been driving home key runs.

Hansen was among the players hoping warmer weather would also do the trick for his hitting.

He saw some pitching action for the Coyotes. But center field has been a key spot. “I feel that I read the ball pretty well,” most of the time,” he said.

Hanson has also been confident on his abilities to throw out baserunners.

As the postseason continues, Hanson is confident in his team’s potential.

“We’re capable of anything,” he said. “We were struggling at the start of the season but we were playing clean ball and starting to play better.”

Hanson said football is his favorite sport. He also plays basketball. When the summer takes over he’ll be focusing on football.

THE SPENCER HANSEN FILE

Favorite athlete: Russell Westbrook

Favorite subject in school: gym class and history

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite musical performer: Lil Baby

Favorite activity outside of sports: Hanging out with friends