Rushford eyes strong senior season

Sidni Rushford
Sidni Rushford

REED CITY – Sidni Rushford is looking for her senior softball season to be her best one.

Rushford and the Coyotes are back this week from spring break. They had a 12-0, 15-0 doubleheader sweep over Evart in late March prior to leaving for break.

She’s a three-sport athlete and is coming off basketball season. She especially focused on getting rebounds for the Coyotes.

Now the focus is on getting outs as the team’s No.1 pitcher. It’s her fourth season on the varsity.

She took over as No. 1 last season after the graduation the previous year of Jules Griffin. Rushford would start the first game, for the most part, rather than the second.

“There’s a little more pressure,” she said. “I also had a good defense behind me.”

Rushford was in volleyball and basketball, but put in as much time as she could with the softball team. She’s looking into having her best season. Working with her off-speed pitches could prove to be her best weapon.

She’s also been a strong hitter in past seasons and is looking to be strong again this spring.

“The key is keeping your head down,” Rushford said.

The Coyotes graduated one player from a team that won a district title last season.

“I think we can go really far,” Rushford said. “We have seven seniors. We’ll be fine.”

Being district champs gave the team a lot of confident last season, Rushford said.

Weather permitting, the Coyotes are scheduled to be at Morley Stanwood on Thursday and at Pine River on Friday.