Baldwin baseball set to start season next week

BALDWIN — It’s spring break for Baldwin and the Panther baseball team is set to start action next week.

Coach Doug Bolles has several returners back and the Panthers hope to make a run at the West Michigan D League title.

Senior Brandon Childress will return and play center field.

“He’s a four-year player and an all-round athlete,” Bolles said.

Da’Ron Copeland, a junior pitcher and infielder, is also back. Senior pitcher Alan Clugston and his sophomore brother, Tyler, also are back in the lineup.

Tyler Clugston was all-conference last season while outfielder Clay Bowens was honorable mention all-conference.

Seniors Maverick Fisher and Alex Wroblewski also return to the lineup.

Baldwin is hoping to also make a run at the Class D district title, but that will be a challenge, Bolles noted. Baldwin has been moved from the Custer-Mason County Eastern district.

“Holton dropped down to Division 4 so they’re having the district,” Bolles said. “We and Walkerville are going to Holton with Muskegon Catholic Central. They lost in the regional final last year against Beal City. I’m not selling my kids short. I think if we come together real quick, we have the tools to compete for the top half of the conference.”

Right now, Bolles is working on getting his players on the field, back to a regular practice routine and ready for game action.

“Our field got redone,” Bolles said. “It was torn up last year by H&H Excavating. We have the dirt infield. They cleaned it up. It looks real nice and should be a lot better. We’re getting a brand new scoreboard put in. It will be in before the first game.”

Baldwin opens the league season April 13 at Crossroads.