Shewan helping Coyotes with his bat
REED CITY — Stephen Shewan is among the Reed City players looking to continue to help the Coyote baseball team be solid at the plate.
“Stephen Shewan is back after seeing time on the varsity team during his freshman and sophomore campaigns,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “He’s a mature athlete that works extremely hard and gives everything all the time. We are looking for him to lock down one of the corner outfield positions and give us some quality at bats with some power.”
Shewan, a junior, got out to an explosive start last month for the Coyotes when they opened their Central State Activities Association Gold Division season with a win over Newaygo.
Shewan belted a grand slam homer in that game.
“I was struggling early on with hitting the first couple of innings,” Shewan said. “My coach gave me some advice to keep my head on the ball. I did that.”
It was his first varsity home run. He connected on a fast ball that sailed over the left center field fence.
“I struggled last year keeping my head on the ball,” Shewan said. “I think my confidence is up.”
Shewan plays outfield and said his arm is a strength.
The Coyotes are home with White Cloud on Friday.
The Coyotes caught on fire last season to claim a share of the CSAA title and win a district. Shewan wouldn’t mind seeing a similar, if not longer, winning streak.
“We have a lot of people back,” he said. “With Hunter Morrison pitching, I feel we can go a long way.”
The Coyotes last year lost in the regional finals to Grand Rapids West Catholic in extra innings.
‘We’re looking for a second chance at regionals,” Shewan said.