Steig preparing for second collegiate softball season


REED CITY — Amanda Steig has one college softball season in the books and is looking forward to another one.

Steig, a former softball player at Reed City, recently completed her first season with Grand Rapids Community College’s team.

GRCC lost in the regional semifinals to Kalamazoo Valley to end the season.

“Since then, we’ve had four weeks of summer ball where we just scrimmage teams like Cornerstone,” she said. “The team should be pretty good next year. There’s a lot of fast girls.”

Steig anticipates playing catcher and outfielder for GRCC next year. “So far, I’ve caught every time this summer,” she said. Steig batted .329 but wasn’t all that happy with it.

“My senior year I batted .538 so it was different to get to college and bat .329,” she said, while acknowledging the pitching is obviously better with “not necessarily more speed, but more movement and more control. This year, I’m working to make a drastic improvement.”

Next year’s team should be strong, Steig anticipates.

“Last year we didn’t have a lot of outfielders. This year we have a lot of outfielders and returning infielders,” Steig said. “We should be pretty solid.”

Steig indicated she has made a strong transition from prep to college ball.

“At first, it’s different going up to a level where you’re not the best anymore,” she said. “Everyone is the best. A lot of new athletes can’t handle that.”

Steig has been at Reed City’s summer softball practices to help stay in shape.

“I try to come back and help the girls because they’re all kind of like my little sisters,” she said.