Rushford picking up key experience as Reed City pitcher


REED CITY — Sidni Rushford isn’t quite at the high school level yet for softball but is getting plenty of experience this summer.

She’s been pitching for the high school summer team although she’ll only be in the eighth grade this fall. Most of the other players are in high school.

“I’ve been pitchng a lot, but not the best,” said Rushford who is usually pitching against older girls. “I’ve adjusted OK. I did it last year too.” Rushford indicated she has improved from last season.

She’s been focusing on her hitting.

“You have to recognize a strike from a nonstrike,” Rushford said, “and make sure you watch the ball all the way in.”

Rushford also plays in a travel league called Elite out of Grand Rapids. They had various tournaments during the summer. One was in another Stevensville and another in Howell. Rushford is pitching and playing right field.

“That’s been helpful just to get around with all the different players and getting to know everyone.”

Rushford plans on pitching high school ball when she gets to that level.

“I think I have a good fastball,” she said. “I need to work on my changeup.”

She’ll play fall softball in the Grand Rapids area.

On Wednesday, Reed City lost a pair of games at Mount Pleasant in summer league action.

In the first game, Reed City fell to St. Louis.

Rushford took the loss, allowing 12 runs on six hits and five walks. Ally Yarger and Skiler Brigham had one hit apiece.

Reed City lost to Central Montcalm 20-5. Brittani Yarger took the loss. She allowed seven hits, 11 walks and no strikeouts. Brigham had two hits while Ally Yarger, Brittani Yarger and Ashley Andres had a hit apiece.

This Wednesday at Mount Pleasant, the Coyotes will play Carson City Crystal and another team to be announced.