REED CITY \u2014 Reed City\u2019s baseball program enters a new era with Scott Shankel taking over as head coach. He\u2019s had coaching experience in past seasons at such schools as Breckenridge. He\u2019s been a physical education teacher at Reed City for three years and has been an assistant football coach. \u201cIt\u2019s an opportunity, something new,\u201d Shankel said of the baseball coaching position at Reed City. He\u2019s been the JV head football coach at Reed City for six seasons. Practices officially start on March 14 although Shankel has had a chance to do some work prior to that. \u201cDuring the winter, we had groups of four coming in and doing a little bit of hitting,\u201d he said. \u201cWe probably had eight or nine different Sunday sessions.\u201d Shankel is figuring on 12 to 15 players on the varsity. The season starts at home March 29. After spring break the following week, Reed City returns for a home game with Ludington on Tuesday, April 12. \u201cBasic fundamentals is all we\u2019re doing now,\u201d Shankel said. \u201cWe\u2019re starting from ground zero and have high expectations like everyone else.\u201d The Coyotes hope to be a factor in the Central State Activities Association race.