Yarger puts wraps on strong softball career

REED CITY — Ally Yarger is among the Reed City seniors who recently graduated after helping the team reach the .500 mark late in the season and fall to Manistee in the district title game.

Yarger was among the Coyotes earning all-Central State Activities Association Gold Division honors and batted third in the lineup with a .296 batting average, 31 RBIs and nine doubles.  Her position was second base with a .954 fielding percentage. Yarger also was team captain.

One of the highlights of the season for Yarger and the Coyotes was winning a predistrict game against Mason County Central.

“We had really good defense, and we got our bats going, which is really important,” Yarger said after the game. “Batting is contagious. We’re playing a lot of solid ball. It’s important to keep your defense strong and go hit the ball.”

Yarger was in her fourth varsity season.

“I’m hitting the ball a lot better than what I did before,” she said. “The experience does help. It’s a matter of focusing and keeping your head down.”

Her team made significant progress since March, Yarger indicated.

“In March, we didn’t really know who was playing where, but now we do and have a solid defense,” she said. “We started getting better (round early). I’ve had solid defense. The team has grown a lot. We’ve gotten to where we need to be.”