Stieg reflects on memorable softball season

REED CITY — It was a softball season Ally Stieg won’t soon forget.

The Reed City third baseman played a huge role in her team’s drive to district and regional titles.

Stieg batted .303 with one home run and 26 RBIs in her senior season.

It was her third varsity season and she was involved in a key position change in the Coyote infield.

Stieg had played shortstop in her first two varsity softball seasons and then moved over to third base this spring.

“I liked it a lot,” she said. “I liked being closer. I played there a couple of times in summer ball so it wasn’t all brand new to me. I made a pretty good adjustment pretty quick.”

Stieg was generally satisfied with her hitting.

“I started off pretty good,” she said. “*I bunted a lot. That was the main thing I did. It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.”

A highlight was beating Pine River in the predistrict and Morley Stanwood in the regional finals.

“I believe we always had the skill to do it,” Stieg said. ”We just had to believe we could do it and play as a team. After we played Morley Stanwood the first time, we made moves in our defensive lineup. I believe that was the best move we made all year. We came back and won game after the game.

“In the state tournament, no one expected us to win against Pine River, Manistee and Morley. It was a matter of playing together and playing smart.”