Rushford eyes strong sophomore season as Reed City pitcher

REED CITY  — Sidni Rushford showed her varsity talents as a pitcher as a freshman and is eager to show more as a sophomore this season.

“I think it went well,” she said of her freshman season. “But the last game of the season was the worst because we lost.”

A major highlight came against Newaygo while Rushford smacked her first home run.

As a pitcher “all-around they were good games,” Rushford said. “I don’t think I had one bad.”

Rushford played varsity volleyball and JV basketball for Reed City, but was able to find time for offseason softball work.

“I played on a travel team out of Grand Rapids,” she said, adding her changeup will be a strength as a pitcher. “I have a different grip.”

That factor, Rushford is hoping, will make her pitches more difficult to hit because it makes the ball drop. She also figures on knowing the batters more this year.

Besides pitching, Rushford also will be playing at first base.

“I know where the ball is going to go,” she said.

Last season, Rushford batted in the .300s, but is looking for a better season in the batter’s box.

“I think I have more strength,” she said.

The Coyotes have been practicing since March 14 and will go on spring break next week. Her schedule starts after that. The emphasis in practices right now is “getting our mechanics down and coming back from the offseason, getting our swings back.” 

Rushford is confident the Coyotes can have a successful season.

“We have lot of seniors that want to play,” she said. “I think our bats will be (strong) this year.”

Rushford expects Central Montcalm to be a strong foe in the Central State Activities Association this spring.