Senior infielder having productive season for Coyote softball team

REED CITY — Samantha Bonnett is in her senior season for Reed City’s softball team and is having her best spring so far.

Bonnett usually plays third base or right field. She saw action at right field last season.

“It was like a practice for this year,” she said. “Now, we’re doing better than we did last year.”

In the winter, Bonnett attended batting practices in order to get ready for this season. She’s batting in the .300s and has improved from last season. No longer is she intimidated at the plate. But has been among the Coyotes’ top hitters in recent games.

“I’m working at it and not being afraid,” she said.

At third base “I would say my arm is my strength,” Bonnett said, adding that her speed and arm are strengths in right field.

The Coyotes are headed into the home stretch of the season. Communicating will be the key in having postseason success, Bonnett indicated.

“We’re playing OK,” she said. “The more we communicate, the better we’ll play. If you communicate in practice you’ll do that in the game. We’re working on communicating in practice too. I hope we’ll do well in districts.”

On Saturday, the Coyotes swept Kalkaska 7-5 and 14-7 in non-league action. Courtney Morgan was the winning pitcher in the first game, throwing a four-hitter and striking out one and issuing a walk. Sam McDonald earned the save. Amanda Steig and Sydni Arnold had two hits apiece.

In the second game, McDonald was the winning pitcher in relief, allowing seven hits and fanning seven batters. McDonald added four hits at the plate. Steig and Lockhart contributed three hits apiece. Arnold and Ally Stieg had two hits for Reed City 13-0.

On Monday, the Coyotes split with Hesperia, losing 5-4 and then winning 4-0 to put their record at 14-10 prior to a twinbill Tuesday with Manistee. Morgan took the loss in the first game while McDonald came in relief. Amanda Steig, Lockhart and Arnold had two hits apiece.

McDonald was the winning pitcher in the second game, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Morgan and Baughan had two hits apiece.