REED CITY — Logan Straub entered the 2017 season optimistic about the Reed City baseball team’s chances for success.

Straub’s optimism was realized last week with a doubleheader sweep over Tri County to clinch a share of the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title with Big Rapids.

Straub batted above .500 last season, and entered his fourth season on the varsity squad wanting to improve his batting average.

When football season ended, Straub elected not to play basketball, but instead started getting ready for baseball.

He’s been among the Coyotes’ top pitchers.

“I improved during the offseason,” he said, adding that “hitting my spots” would be a strength, and using more off-speed pitches and improving his control.

Even before the Coyotes played their first game, Straub liked their potential.

“I think we have a really good team this year, better in the last couple of years,” he said. “I think we’ll be a team to beat.”

It would be critical for the Coyotes to handle the mental part of the game, he added. Straub looked at Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids as teams to beat in the CSAA Gold. The Coyotes wound up sweeping both teams.