REED CITY - It's time for baseball and Codie Strach is definitely ready. Strach is a pitcher and first baseman for the Coyotes. He played a key role on a team that won the district and went to the regional finals. He also worked extensively during the offseason to get ready for this year. "We had a guy come in from Belding and he instructed us," Strach said. He's anticipating this could be his best season in a Reed City baseball uniform. Strach hopes to hit in the high .300s. Being patient at the plate will be critical, he said. Strach is also looking for more control on his pitches. "I think we'll be really good and we have a chance to win districts again," Strach said. The Coyotes open March 27 against Evart at home. Trevor Mund is another key senior back on the team. The second baseman completed his second varsity year last spring. "We were inside a lot last (pre)season," Mund said. "There was an adjustment time when we got outside. It started out slow. We had a miserable tournament in Cadillac before districts and it wasn't looking good. Somehow, we pulled together before district, won districts and made it to the regional finals." Mund also plays soccer and basketball but got in some preseason baseball work. "We started halfway through basketball season and started coming in on weekends hitting," Mund said. "Before school, we came in and threw twice a week." Mund is ready for his duties at second base. "I want to play smarter," said Mund, whose goal is to hit in the high .300s. "I was in the mid .300s last year. I hope to improve at that. I want to be smarter with the pitches."