Baldwin baseball team battling for game-time
BALDWIN — The last several days have not been easy for the Baldwin baseball team, which is trying to get in game-time as the Panthers get ready for post-season tournaments.
The last full action officially was April 28 against Crossroads in a doubleheader sweep. Baldwin was to play a doubleheader at Pentwater on Thursday but due to scheduling conflicts at the host school, that twinbill was rescheduled for May 27.
On Monday of this week the Panthers were playing a doubleheader at Brethren. Coach Doug Bolles said while his team was at the game, it turned into a forfeit but he couldn’t comment further.
The Manistee News Advocate reported that Brethren was ahead 17-3 in the top of the third inning of the first game when Bolles was ejected, according to Brethren coach Jim Richardson. Richardson said a Baldwin player later said something from the dugout to the umpire who felt it warranted an ejection.
“He gave them a small amount of time for somebody to fess up, nobody fessed up, so he kicked everyone out of the game and in turn that means nobody could play the second game,” Richardson told the newspaper.
Baldwin athletic director Shawn Williams said that the game at Brethren was still being investigated in terms of what transpired. The episode also put in doubt Baldwin’s eligibility to play a doubleheader at Onekama for this Thursday. The first game of that twinbill was to be the resumption of a second game from last month when MCE led Baldwin 8-6 after two innings. The team ejection would mean no one from that twinbill is eligible for the Thursday game.
“I’m still collecting facts from my staff, the AD from the baseball team and also collecting information from the umpire to get everybody’s sides to the story,” Williams said on Tuesday. “Right now, we have conflicting view points on how the game was officiated and the procedures. That’s really about it. I haven’t heard from the (MHSAA) yet. Everything is still a go until I hear from them.”
On Wednesday, Williams confirmed the team would be forfeiting the Thursday game with Onekama.
“I’m waiting for the official report to come in from the MHSAA,” Williams said. “If any further information comes up, they’ll let me know.
“It’s unfortunate. I spoke to the team and let them know that life is not equal (and not always fair) and that’s among the lessons in life and to live to a higher standard. We should not be out breaking the rules and not be disrespectful in any way.”
Bolles said the Pentwater game last Thursday game wasn’t played after school officials called that day not having umpires and other reasons for not having a game.
“We don’t have a predistrict and that’s the day for predistricts so we’ll play then,” Bolles said of May 27.
Baldwin is scheduled to play at Walkerville next Monday and then have a home doubleheader on Thursday, May 15, against Manistee Catholic.
That would be only Baldwin’s third home date of the season.
“That’s all we have this year, road warriors I guess,” Bolles said.
Baldwin’s softball team lost 19-1 to Brethren on Monday in West Michigan D League action. The second game ended in the third inning with the Bobcats ahead 10-5 before it was called because of darkness.
Baldwin is scheduled to play at Mesick Thursday and has a doubleheader May 15 at home against Manistee Catholic Central.