Reed City third baseman eyes strong senior season
REED CITY - Mia Petersen will be a senior for Reed City's 2021 softball team but definitely wishes she could have had a junior experience this spring.
She had played third base and outfield as a sophomore and was happy with her performance. Petersen said she has played third base since she was in fifth and sixth grades.
"At a young age, I could throw very far," she said. "My coaches ended up putting me out there and I ended up loving it."
Peterson feels she's effective in getting a good throw to first base and was confident in being able to glove any hard hit ball headed in her direction.
At the plate, "I could improve on hitting, I've been working hard at it," Petersen said. "You have to keep your eye on the ball and don't drop your shoulder."
Prior to the cancellation of the season because of the coronavirus attack, Petersen had put in preparation time to get ready.
"I had played summer ball," she said. "I did all the winter stuff like indoor hitting."
When the season was canceled, "I was really disappointed because I thought our team would be strong this year because of the seniors, being it was their last season and they're very good players," Petersen said.
She played basketball at one time but now focuses on softball.
"I like that it's a team effort, but also a solo game," Petersen said. "Once you're at your base, you have to make sure you stop the ball, you get that ball and you throw it to the other bases."
Reed City hopes to have a summer LAT league if restrictions are lifted.
If they are, Petersen plans on playing and hopes to improve on all aspects of her play.
"We've been doing workouts at home and we're getting ready for it," she said.
Looking ahead to her junior season, "I think it will be strong," Peterson said. "The eighth graders coming up as freshmen have been playing with us during the summer and are very good. I think a lot of them will move up to varsity and will have a very good season and we will probably make it to regionals."