REED CITY — Sunday nights during the summer means plenty of things like picnics, tubing, barbecues, swimming... etc.

How about softball practices?

That’s the way it is again this summer at the Reed City softball diamond.

That’s the way its been for the last three summers with Roger Steig as head coach.

Every Sunday, players report to practice to get ready for Wednesday action in the Mount Pleasant League.

Sunday practices go until the end of July. Practices last for three hours. The player and coaches are at the high school diamond but are usually focusing on bating practice, fielding and throwing. The focus is on fundamentals. The sessions are attended by next season’s players. Attendance is encouraged but voluntary. Usually, Steig and his coaches work with 10 girls.

“Our girls are playing some excellent summer ball and that’s a reflection on last year,” Steig said. “Last year, a lot of girls were new and it was necessary for them to get adjusted to us. They’ve bought into our philosophy and now it’s making sense to them. When it makes sense to them it’s easier to develop the players.”

In Mount Pleasant League action on Wednesday, Reed City defeated Big Rapids 14-3. Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks and striking out three.

Leading hitters were Skiler Brigham and Ally Yarger with two hits apiece. Getting one hit each were Brittani Yarger, Aliyah Hobbs, Katianne Hansen, Olivia Lawson and Lindsey Greer.

In the second game, Reed City tied Mount Pleasant 5-5. Griffin was the pitcher, allowing five runs on four hits, two walks and striking out nine.

Brigham and Brittani Yarger had two hits each and Griffin and Hansen had one hit apiece.

“We’re really picking up the tempo on summer ball,” Steig said. “Right now our ladies are playing at a high level of ball. They’re exciting to watch.”

The Coyotes again play Wednesday night at Mount Pleasant.