REED CITY\u00a0\u00a0\u2014 Sidni Rushford showed her varsity talents as a pitcher as a freshman and is eager to show more as a sophomore this season. \u201cI think it went well,\u201d she said of her freshman season. \u201cBut the last game of the season was the worst because we lost.\u201d A major highlight came against Newaygo while Rushford smacked her first home run. As a pitcher \u201call-around they were good games,\u201d Rushford said. \u201cI don\u2019t think I had one bad.\u201d Rushford played varsity volleyball and JV basketball for Reed City, but was able to find time for offseason softball work. \u201cI played on a travel team out of Grand Rapids,\u201d she said, adding her changeup will be a strength as a pitcher. \u201cI have a different grip.\u201d That factor, Rushford is hoping, will make her pitches more difficult to hit because it makes the ball drop. She also figures on knowing the batters more this year. Besides pitching, Rushford also will be playing at first base. \u201cI know where the ball is going to go,\u201d she said. Last season, Rushford batted in the .300s, but is looking for a better season in the batter\u2019s box. \u201cI think I have more strength,\u201d she said. The Coyotes have been practicing since March 14 and will go on spring break next week. Her schedule starts after that. The emphasis in practices right now is \u201cgetting our mechanics down and coming back from the offseason, getting our swings back.\u201d\u00a0 Rushford is confident the Coyotes can have a successful season. \u201cWe have lot of seniors that want to play,\u201d she said. \u201cI think our bats will be (strong) this year.\u201d Rushford expects Central Montcalm to be a strong foe in the Central State Activities Association this spring.