It’s been a busy sports season for Amanda Steig.

The Reed City junior returns to the softball team for another varsity season with hopes of helping the Coyotes be strong contenders in the Central State Activities Association.

This will be Steig’s third varsity season.

“The first season, we were very successful,” Steig recalled. “Last year, we started strong and kind of fell downhill from there.”

It was a busy offseason for Steig and some of her teammates.

“We played a couple of summer leagues and have had open cage hitting,” she said.

Steig batted around .300 last season.

“It started out bad but got better at the end,” she said. “I hope to hit better this year. I need to be more relaxed.”

Steig will be playing catcher and first base for the Coyotes. She said the best part of her game will be her arm behind the plate and her glove at first base.

“I’m working on blocking (the ball),” Steig said.

Steig’s dad Roger is the team’s new softball coach this season. The season opens next Tuesday at home against Evart.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” she said. “We should be strong this year. We have eight returning players.”

Hesperia and Morley Stanwood should be tough in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) while Pine River, with softball pitching standout Miranda Nelson, should be strong in non-league play, Steig indicated.