Willard a key spark for Reed City

By John Raffel

Herald Review Sports Writer

REED CITY — Devin Willard got her feet wet as a varsity softball player last season and has been striving to continue to have success as a junior.

Last season as a sophomore, "for being young, I played pretty well," Willard said.

As an outfielder, Willard said her speed and her arm have been strengths.

"I feel like I'll be improved a lot in my hitting," Willard said, entering the 2017 season. "Last year I hit OK. This year I can hit better. I should have better technique."

Willard and the Coyotes started practices in March and entered May with a 10-6 record after winning the Osceola County tournament. They were 19-20 last season.

"We're young and as we come together, we'll do well," Willard said coming into the season. "We have a good pitcher in (Sidni Rushford). We are a pretty fast team and we have some good hitters."

That includes Willard, who has had a strong hitting and defensive season so far.

The Coyotes hope to be a factor in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division and have some key upcoming games. Reed City is home this Friday to face Chippewa Hills. The Coyotes are at Big Rapids on May 9.