Sisters getting job done for softball program

REED CITY — The summer softball season has ended for senior Amanda Steig and her sister, sophomore Taylor Steig, who are focusing on accomplishing major things for Reed City’s softball team in 2012.

Their dad Roger was the spring and summer softball coach.

Amanda had a busy summer with softball and basketball. She’s coming off an impressive junior season in which she batted .400 and earned first-team all-Central State Activities Association honors.

Her batting average in the spring “was better than I had anticipated,” Steig said, adding that the key factors were “bat speed and keeping my eye on the ball.”

She also played some first base and did some pitching.

“I hope to do more pitching next year,” she said.

Despite a strong junior season, Steig has been working over the summer to become a more dangerous hitter. Defensively, she’s hoping to be even better with her arm and defensive abilities.

Defensively, as a catcher, she’s left handed, “but I don’t see any disadvantage,” Steig said.

While she’s hoping for a strong basketball season in the winter and softball campaign in the spring, Steig plans on running cross country in the fall. She said she especially wants to do that sport to get in shape for baseball and softball.

Taylor Steig has especially been using the summer to improve on her hitting.

As a freshman, “I basically played the field,” she said, noting that the designated hitter usually filled her spot in the batting lineup. But she took pride in her defensive skills in the outfield.

Taylor Steig saw mostly action in left field and has seen some action at first base and catcher.

Next year, “I’d like to play first base, but I’ll be wherever the team needs me to play,” she said.

While her older sister plans a full slate of sports for the 2011-12 year, Taylor continues to zero in softball. But even though summer softball is over, the younger Steig is putting her bat and glove away until the spring.

“I’ll probably go to the batting cage and keep practicing,” Steig said. “I need to focus more on watching the ball on the bat. My form is good.

Both Amanda and Taylor anticipate having a strong softball season next spring with the Coyotes. Reed City was 8-8 in the Central State Activities Association last year.

“We have nine returning seniors so we’ll have the experience,” Amanda said.