Reed City sophomore was prepared for solid baseball season
REED CITY -- Sophomore Isaac Williams was getting ready for what he was confident would have been a banner season for Reed City baseball.
But there's still next year.
Reed City coach Eric Grannis had high expectations for Williams in comments made prior to the announcement by the MHSAA on April 3 that the spring sports season would be canceled.
"We will have help from newcomers to the varsity team last year such as Teddy Cross (jr.), Isaac Williams (so.), and Trent Howell (so.)," Grannis said. "Teddy is in his first varsity season. Isaac and Trent bounced back and forth between JV and varsity last year and had some varsity game experience and will play a large role."
"I went down to JV to pitch," Williams recalled. "I played games on varsity when I wasn't pitching for JV. On varsity I played left, right and second base, mostly second base, toward the end of the season."
Speed has been a strength for Williams defensively. Had there been a season, Williams indicated he was set to play shortstop.
"I would have done a little bit of pitching," he said.
Williams indicated being able to cover a lot of territory could have been a strength.
A batting average objective would have been .300.
"I would have been more of a leadoff than anything," Williams said. "I like it because it opens up the bases to steal. I hope to have a lot of steals this year. I try to get contact."
As a base stealer, "the key for me is having a motor and decisiveness," he said.
Williams, like other athletes, was disappointed when the coronavirus attack forced the MHSAA to cancel the season.
"I was really looking forward to baseball," he said. "I definitely think it could have been a step up (for the team) compared to last year. We didn't do too well. I think we had a real good team. I think we were well-rounded."
William was on the varsity football team last year.
"I broke my thumb in the first game and I only got to play six games," Williams said.
Looking ahead, Williams is hoping to prepare for football and baseball, depending on restrictions. Football players are working on individual workouts to get ready, he noted.