REED CITY\u00a0\u2014 Rikki Saez will be a freshman for the Reed City softball program next spring and has focused her summer days on getting ready for the sport. Saez has been playing on the 13-14-year-old team during the summer. She was in Little League ever since the T-ball level. By playing in the Local Area Teams (LAT) League, Saez was able to get a taste of high school ball this summer. \u201cIt\u2019s more intense, you have to always be thinking,\u201d Saez said of the high school level. \u201cIt\u2019s pretty different than Little League.\u201d In Little League, pitchers might struggle with their control more so than high school when fielders like Saez have to be ready on every pitch. In Little League, Saez was a center fielder. During summer ball, she was at third base and right field. She likes third base \u201cbecause I don\u2019t usually play infield and it\u2019s more intense than outfield,\u201d Saez said. \u201cThe first time I played third base in a game and I was kind of scared and nervous. When I got the ball, I threw it straight to first.\u201d She likes center field. \u201cWhen you get a flyball out there and run to it and you dive...I\u2019ve seen my brother Josh do it (during baseball),\u201d Saez said. \u201cIt inspired me to want to dive one time and win a game for us.\u201d She hasn\u2019t had the chance yet to do that. \u201cBut I want to,\u201d Saez smiled. She\u2019s confident in her timing in order to know when to dive and when to play the ball on the hop. She\u2019s also confident with her arm. Her hitting \u201cis OK, compared to Little League and high school ball, it\u2019s so much different,\u201d she said. \u201cThey made me learn a new method, how to stand and how to swing.\u201d Summer ball has helped Saez in improving on her ability to stay away from bad pitches. Her 13-14-year-old team had a 7-1 record. The summer season ended at home recently with a nine-game win streak for the high school team.