Baldwin baseball returns to action with league sweep

BALDWIN — The Baldwin bats exploded while the Panther pitching got the job done in the opener Tuesday of a doubleheader sweep over West Michigan D League foe Walkerville.

Baldwin won the first game 11-1 and took the second 14-12. The game was originally scheduled for Walkerville but because of wet fields was moved to Baldwin.

Maverick Fisher was the winning pitcher in the opener, allowing no runs and three hits. Damon Nichols pitched the final inning and allowed one run.

Brandon Childress delivered an RBI triple early in the game. In the third, Alan Clugston had an RBI triple. Baldwin was up 7-0 after the third inning and then made it 9-0 in the fifth on Issac Delgado’s two-run single. Clugston had a two-run homer in the top of the sixth.

Walkerville scored in the bottom of the sixth when Travis Carr drove home Trent Speer on a sacrifice fly.

Fisher struck out three and walked one.

“It’s the first time he’s pitched,” said Baldwin coach Doug Bolles. “He’s a junior. We wanted to give someone else a shot.”

Fisher had three singles while Clugston had a homer, triple and three RBIs. Childress had an RBI and scored two runs.

“We can improve on our outfield a little more,” Delgado said. “(Winning districts) is our goal.”

The second game was tied 7-7 after two innings. Baldwin had two runs in the first on a fielder’s choice and Tyler Clugston’s RBI bounceout. Two more runs scored on wild pitches in the second inning for Baldwin while Tyler Clugston delivered a two-run single and Delgado had an RBI double.

The Panthers scored in the bottom of the third but Walkerville had three runs in the top of the fourth for a 10-8 lead. Da’Ron Copeland took over the mound duties.

In the bottom of the fourth, Childress scored on a wild pitch and Tyler Clugston came home on an error to tie the game.

Copeland got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the fifth and Baldwin scored four runs the bottom half of the inning. The first two runs scored on wild pitches and Childress delivered an RBI single. One more run came home on a wild pitch.

Childress had three hits and two runs scored. Delgado had two doubles. Copeland was the winning pitcher.

“We gave up five hits,” Bolles said. “We walked 14. And we hit a batter and had a couple of errors. It was sloppy play in game two. We didn’t hit great but were aggressive on the basepaths. That helped a lot. Brandon Childress was 5-for-5 in stolen bases.”

Baldwin, 5-5 in the league and 5-7 overall, plays next Tuesday at Pentwater and is at Custer-Mason County Central on May 30 to play the home team in a district semifinal game.

Tuesday’s game was Baldwin’s first game in two weeks.

“We were a little rusty and I figured this was a good team to play,” Bolles said. “They play hard. I’m real happy with Maverick Fisher in game one. He was nervous and did great. Overall, I’m happy, but we have to get better to compete in our district. Even though it’s not a very strong district, we’ll still have to clean up some stuff.”