Steig makes late switch to mound that results in college commitment

REED CITY — Amanda Steig hasn’t pitched too frequently during her softball career with Reed City. But that’s about to change for this season and beyond.

Steig, a senior, has committed to joining the softball program and Grand Rapids Community College.

“This summer, I met a pitching coach who just happened to be from Grand Rapids Community College,” Steig said. “She set me up with a tryout, I made the team as a pitcher.”

The tryout was in November at the GRCC gym. Steig accepted the offer a couple of weeks ago.

Steig started pitching more during the summer and is being used extensively this spring by the Coyotes. She had a very active offseason in softball while also running cross country in the fall and playing basketball in the winter.

“I’m focusing on control and keeping my walks to a minimum,” she said. “My strongest pitch is the fastball and change-up.”

Right now, Steig is focusing on her fourth season of varsity as a senior for the Coyotes. She’s hoping the team does well in the Central State Activities Association and has a lengthy and productive postseason.

“I’m hoping to get a .500 average in hitting,” she said.

When her high school season ends, Steig will turn her attention to the college ranks.

“I can’t wait to get started,” she said.

The Coyotes open CSAA play Friday at Big Rapids.

“Big Rapids is one of those teams we don’t know too much about,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig.

Reed City is coming back from the spring break. Both members of the junior varsity and varsity were down in Florida over the break and took advantage of good weather, Steig noted.

On Tuesday, Reed City is at Hesperia.