Rushford having strong pitching season for Coyotes

REED CITY — Sidni Rushford entered her junior softball season realizing she'd be a main pitcher and was looking to expand upon her first two seasons.

"It went pretty good," she recalled, "We had a lot of seniors on the team who had been playing up a lot. It was pretty solid."

Rushford as a sophomore, was pitching with Jules Griffin for the second straight year.

"I probably improved a lot on my fielding because I played a lot of first base," she said.

Coming into the season, Rushford mentioned that she put in a "a lot" of preseason work. She was anticipating "working the corners" would be a strength this season.

"I'm a little faster," she said.

As a hitter, "I've improved a lot," she said. "I'll do better. It's probably my maturity and keeping my head down."

The Coyotes are 8-6 after winning the Osceola County tournament over the weekend.

"We're young," Rushford said, coming into the season. "We've got a lot of talent on the team. If everyone stays together we'll do pretty good. We have a lot of speed on the team, but we have some powerful hitters, too."

Reed City is home this Friday to face Chippewa Hills. The Coyotes are at Big Rapids on May 9.