Saez ready for his senior season of varsity baseball

REED CITY — Josh Saez is ready for his final season of sports at Reed City.

In this case, it’s on the baseball diamond with Saez and his other Reed City teammates

Saez is in his third varsity season.

“Real rough,” Saez said of the 2013 season. “We never got on a roll. This year is looking up. We have a great coach and good athletic kids.”

Reed City has a new coach in Marty Shaffer.

“He’s very baseball smart, he knows the game pretty well,” Saez said. “I feel that can help us quite a bit.”

Saez said his hitting as a junior went up compared to his sophomore season.

“Hopefully, it’s going to go up again this year,” he said. “As of right now, I’m hitting pretty well.”

Saez said the secret in strong hitting involves going to the plate with confidence. He’s usually been a contact hitter.

“We’ll get on base, old-fashion baseball, not home runs just keep it in the park,” he said. “We’re going to be quick.”

Saez will be in center field where he’s played for many years.

“I guess I just like running out there,” he said, “and making good diving plays.”

Reed City will be competing in the Central State Activities Association.

“I feel like we have potential to win districts and possibly more,” Saez said.

He added that he’s not sure who defending CSAA champion Chippewa HiIls has on its roster this season.

“But they’re always good,” Saez said.

Practices started on March 10 and the Coyotes aren’t figuring on being able to get outdoors for a game for another week or two.