REED CITY \u00a0\u2014 \u00a0Junior Logan Straub is slated to be among the key players this season for Reed City\u2019s baseball team. The Coyotes last week completed three weeks of practices and are gearing up for their first week of action. It\u2019s Straub\u2019s third season on the varsity. Last season, \u201cwe struggled at the beginning, then we progressed better as the year went on,\u201d he said. Straub also plays football and basketball, but found time in his offseason schedule to play some summer baseball. He will be a pitcher, catcher and second baseman. As a pitcher, \u201cI\u2019ll be focusing on offspeed pitches more,\u201d he said, adding he\u2019s looking to improve on his offspeed pitches, his accuracy and hitting the corners. When he\u2019s catching, Straub is confident of keeping runners honest with his throwing arm. \u201cThe second baseman and shortstop are basically the two leaders in the infield,\u201d Straub said. He was happy with his hitting last season. \u201cBut I think I can improve a little better,\u201d Straub said. \u201cI need to be better down in the count.\u201d The Central State Activities Association Gold Division opener is on April 15 with Tri County. \u201cI think we have a lot of talent,\u201d Straub said. \u201cIt\u2019s repetition, after repetition...and getting in the flow of the game.\u201d The key in each game, Straub said, will be \u201cgood defense, hitting the ball, mainly.\u201d He\u2019s expecting Chippewa Hills, Newaygo and Pine River to be among the toughest teams on the Coyotes schedule.