Baldwin baseball team closes season at districts

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s baseball team ended its season Tuesday in the Division 4 district, but not on the field.

Coach Doug Bolles announced on Monday the Panthers would be forfeiting Tuesday’s game due to a lack of players. The district at Holton was scheduled for Saturday, but were rained out and rescheduled on Tuesday. Baldwin was scheduled to play Kent City Algoma Christian in the semifinals.

“I’ve been battling this issue all season and it finally has come to a head here in the districts,” Bolles said. “It’s numerous reasons: drivers training, a couple seniors who have graduated have already left town and a couple of injuries. I’m down to only (eight) players able to play (Tuesday).”

The Panthers got off to a late start due to a delay in the preseson which didn’t start until early April. Highlights of the season included a doubleheader win over Walkerville and splits with Pentwater and Traverse City Christian.

Baldwin finishes, 3-9 in West Michigan D League play and 4-12 overall. The lone non-league win was over Traverse City Christian.