There's a reason for Max's marvelous season

Hammond's masterful pitching and clutch hitting a key reason behind Reed City's CSAA Gold and district championship season

Max Hammond

Max

Hammond

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“When he is on the mound he just has this swagger about him.” – Eric Grannis

 REED CITY – It’s been quite a season for Reed City sophomore Max Hammond, and it’s not quite over yet.

Hammond has had some no-hitters, a perfect game and a grand slam homer for Reed City, along with several other outstanding hits.

“It’s been a pretty strong year for me on the mound,” he said. “I look forward to that and seeing what I can do.”

What he did in late May in the win which clinched the CSAA Gold title for the Coyotes over Fremont was going six innings on the mound and giving up only one hit, a bunt single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. He fanned 11 batters.

“Probably my fastball is pretty dominant,” Hammond said. “Also, my offspeed, like curveball and changeups are catching them off balance. I think I’ve been pretty effective all year so far.”

His freshman season was a promising one.

“We did pretty good last year,” he said. “We ended up losing in the district final This year we’re looking to come back and get in that district final and take it all this year. It was a good learning year for me, especially since it was my first year of varsity baseball.”

Looking ahead, “I want to work on my hitting,” Hammond said. “It’s been OK.”

Hammond had a grand slam homer the same game he delivered the no-hitter. As of late May, he had six home runs. He’s looking to bat between mid to high .300s before the season ends.

He is at first base when he’s not pitching.

Now the focus is on getting a district title.

“I think the key is going to be working as a team, keeping our heads up and making the least amount of errors as possible,” Hammond said. “We can go places this year.”

“Max has been fantastic for us this both at the plate and on the mound,” Reed City coach Eric Grannis said. “At the plate he is over a .350 hitter and is tied for the team lead in home runs with three this season. On the mound he is even better. He has three no-hitters this season with one of them being a perfect game against Grant. Stats wise he leads the team in ERA with a 2.2.

“He has struck out 82 hitters in 34 innings of work. When he is on the mound he just has this swagger about him. When he is really feeling you can just see it in his eyes. Any given day he can go out and dominate the opposing lineup.”