REED CITY - Roger Steig would like to think things have turned in the right direction for his Reed City softball team. "Last week we broke the ice and got our first win," Steig said, referring to a doubleheader split with Grayling. "With only two returners in our lineup and a freshmen dominated starting lineup, plus the short amount of time we were given to get ready for the season, it has been a true challenge for this group of athletes. "We had to get our individual skills in order first and now we're working on the team concept. They have been an amazing group, never getting down, very focused on where we're headed. We're all new to each other but we have some great athletes and in the end focus and hard work always pay off. We have no lack of focus or hard work on this team." Veterans are leading the way for the Coyotes. "Senior Lily Andres, freshmen Izabell Guy and Kaylin Goodman all had outstanding performances in getting the team its first win," Steig said. "Kaylin Goodman has come on strong and leads the team in nearly every hitting stat, closely followed by Lily Andres. Pitching has been our main struggle this year. "Izabell Guy coming in to the season had no idea she would be a pitcher. But she has become our No. 1 thrower and as she grows, the team will grow with her. Offensively Izabell has grown into a fierce leadoff hitter." This week, RC plays White Cloud and Evart. "I won't make any predictions but we have taken a big step in the right direction," Steig said. "Our athletes and coaches have bought into what I am trying to accomplish and put it to good use in our last game."