REED CITY \u2014 The summer softball season has ended for senior Amanda Steig and her sister, sophomore Taylor Steig, who are focusing on accomplishing major things for Reed City\u2019s softball team in 2012. Their dad Roger was the spring and summer softball coach. Amanda had a busy summer with softball and basketball. She\u2019s coming off an impressive junior season in which she batted .400 and earned first-team all-Central State Activities Association honors. Her batting average in the spring \u201cwas better than I had anticipated,\u201d Steig said, adding that the key factors were \u201cbat speed and keeping my eye on the ball.\u201d She also played some first base and did some pitching. \u201cI hope to do more pitching next year,\u201d she said. Despite a strong junior season, Steig has been working over the summer to become a more dangerous hitter. Defensively, she\u2019s hoping to be even better with her arm and defensive abilities. Defensively, as a catcher, she\u2019s left handed, \u201cbut I don\u2019t see any disadvantage,\u201d Steig said. While she\u2019s hoping for a strong basketball season in the winter and softball campaign in the spring, Steig plans on running cross country in the fall. She said she especially wants to do that sport to get in shape for baseball and softball. Taylor Steig has especially been using the summer to improve on her hitting. As a freshman, \u201cI basically played the field,\u201d she said, noting that the designated hitter usually filled her spot in the batting lineup. But she took pride in her defensive skills in the outfield. Taylor Steig saw mostly action in left field and has seen some action at first base and catcher. Next year, \u201cI\u2019d like to play first base, but I\u2019ll be wherever the team needs me to play,\u201d she said. While her older sister plans a full slate of sports for the 2011-12 year, Taylor continues to zero in softball. But even though summer softball is over, the younger Steig is putting her bat and glove away until the spring. \u201cI\u2019ll probably go to the batting cage and keep practicing,\u201d Steig said. \u201cI need to focus more on watching the ball on the bat. My form is good. Both Amanda and Taylor anticipate having a strong softball season next spring with the Coyotes. Reed City was 8-8 in the Central State Activities Association last year. \u201cWe have nine returning seniors so we\u2019ll have the experience,\u201d Amanda said.