Baldwin baseball team enjoys doubleheader 4-0 week

BALDWIN — It was a very productive week for the Baldwin Panthers but now coach Doug Bolles baseball squad has to prepare for a tough Division 4 district baseball battle this Friday at Custer-Mason County Eastern.

Baldwin finished out the regular season last week with doubleheader sweeps in non-league action over Muskegon Heights.

The Panthers play at MCE in a semifinal game at 1 p.m. Friday. The winner plays in the title game later on Friday.

“We want to be competitive,” Bolles said. “The last time we played Custer, we lost 15-0 and 15-0. I’d just like to see improvement. Custer is the team to beat in that district. They’ve won it the last four or five years. We want to be able to see improvement from the kids because we’re so young.”

Baldwin played Heights at home on May 23 and won 7-5 and 9-7. Both games went five innings.

Brandon Avery fired a no-hitter in the first game. He struck out 14 batters and allowed 10 walks. Baldwin had three errors.

Hunter Nichols was 3-for-3 and Avery was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

In the second game, Devon Burrell started but Avery came on to finish up. Baldwin was down 6-3 in the fourth and scored six runs. Aaron Thomas had a double and RBI.

On Thursday at Muskegon Heights, Baldwin was 23-11 in the opener. Avery was the winning pitcher with 11 strikeouts and allowed three hits. But Baldwin made eight errors.

Avery had two hits including a grand slam home run. Aaron Thomas was 3-for-5 with a triple and five RBIs. Avery also had five RBIs.

In the second game, Baldwin won 8-2. Burrell was the winning pitcher with four strikeouts. Thomas had two singles and two RBIs. Avery had a double.

“No knock on Heights but it’s someone we can compete with, especially being young,” Bolles said. “Thomas hasn’t played with us and has been with track. But he said he wanted to play but he’s an athlete and has helped us out with his speed. It was fun to get a few wins.”

Baldwin is 6-14.