Steig having solid season at GRCC

REED CITY — Amanda Steig is in the final days of what’s been a very successful freshman season with the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders.

“Our team has a really good season,” she said. “We’re ranked 16th in the nation at one point. We’re second in our conference right now. We’re ranked 10th in the nation in home runs. It’s been great.”

Steig’s been an outfielder and catcher, mainly outfield. She was a catcher for a Reed City team that went to the state quarterfinals last season. She was all-Central State Activities Association and all-state after batting .538 from the leadoff position and adding five home runs and 35 RBIs.

“I’ve been playing well but it’s been a learning experience,” she said. “It’s a much faster paced game. I haven’t reached my full potential.” Steig is batting .333 but would prefer hitting higher.

“Pitching is better at the collegiate level,” Steig said. “I’ve also grown as a hitter so I feel I haven’t reached where I can be.”

Steig has had three home runs including one on her 19th birthday.

This week GRCC is in the state tournament and regionals.

“Everybody is tired in the conference right now, the best team is going to win,” Steig said. “Muskegon (CC) and Kalamazoo Valley are our biggest rivals. We swept Muskegon twice. Against Kalamazoo Valley we’re 2-2.