Stein enjoys strong summer of softball

REED CITY — Alaina Stein put in a full summer of Reed City softball and is counting off the weeks before the spring season starts in March.

Stein came up to the varsity level late in the regular season, and also in the postseason, plus some Saturday tournaments. She’s among the up and coming prospects, who give coach Roger Steig plenty of optimism regarding future seasons.

“They put me in the outfield, center and left field,” she said. “It was a big commitment for me because I was playing pitcher and infielder on the JVs,” Stein said. “Then I came here and I hadn’t played infield in a long time. It was a lot of learning. But I got better, I think.”

Stein, who will be a sophomore next season, said she especially learned about footwork and proper techniques. She hit the ball well on the junior varsity level and is looking forward to a consistent bat on the varsity.

“It depends on the pitcher,” she said. ‘I’ve had some nice outfield hits. Varsity is strict. You’re more focused. Even at practices, it’s different.”

Reed City last week ended an extensive summer of softball and Stein focused heavily on getting better, especially with her batting

“When I get in the box, I get a little nervous and don’t always swing at good pitches,” she said. “I need to know when to swing and get stronger. I not sure yet but the way they talk, it sounds like I might be moved up next year.  I need to (improve) on my batting and in the outfield. When the ball is to me, I have a pretty good catch.”

Reed City ended its season last week with doubleheader sweeps over Tri County and Big Rapids.

“I think we can do pretty good,” Stein said. “We only lost one senior.”

Stein also plays JV basketball.

“The first two weeks after school, we had practices every day and a couple of scrimmages at Ferris against other schools,” Stein said.

Alaina Stein was a key player for the  Reed City summer softball team

Alaina Stein was a key player for the Reed City summer softball team

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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