REED CITY \u2014 Reed City\u2019s baseball team might be losing some key seniors this season, but the Coyote baseball program has several talented underclassmen returning in 2019, including Payton Hansen. Hansen saw a lot of playing time as a freshman including pitching. \u201cIt\u2019s going pretty good,\u201d he said. \u201cSometimes I don\u2019t hit as well as I want to. I try to be consistent. You have to keep your balance and keep your eye on the ball at all times.\u201d Hansen batted around the .200 mark this season. He said he found out around tryouts he would be playing varsity baseball. \u201cI was surprised,\u201d he said. \u201cAt first I was really nervous. I finally relaxed and started hitting the ball.\u201d As a pitcher, \u201cI had better command (in a game against Cadillac) as I have all season,\u201d Hansen said. He had a shutout against Evart. His fastball has been his best pitch. His curveball and slider have also been strengths. When he\u2019s not pitching, Hansen catches and plays third base. His throw to first base has been accurate and he\u2019s been able to stop the ball unless there was the occasional bad hop. Hansen, at catcher, has thrown out two baserunners, which he said is the best feeling in that position. The Coyotes won a district but weren\u2019t able to cash in on their dream to be regional champs. But Hansen and his teammates have three more years to go after it.