Baldwin baseball team prepares for season

BALDWIN – Baldwin baseball coach Doug Bolles has a talented set of players on his roster as the Panthers go through their second week of baseball practice.

Last week, the team spent a couple of days inside to make sure the field was dry before venturing outside to take advantage of the favorable spring weather.

“It helps with most of the phases, and it especially helps with the outfielders,” Bolles said. “You really can’t do much with the outfielders in the gym. It helps with my pitchers being able to throw off the mound. There’s a lot of things that it helps. You can do more realistic baseball.”

Devon Sparks-Burrell, a senior, returns as a pitcher, Karlos Perez will be a relief pitcher, and Bolles also has two promising freshmen who can help him on the mound with Brandon Childress and Alan Clugston.

“We’re way ahead of last year in most phases of the game,” Bolles said. “Our pitching is more solid than what its been in the last three or four years. But I’m dealing with a couple of freshmen, so we’ll see. I’m trying to build arm strength right now. It’s still early, I want them to do well in April and May.”

As for hitting potential, “we’ll probably play a little bit of small ball,” Bolles said. “Devon is one of the leaders coming back. Childress is a phenomenal athlete. He’ll be one of our best players. He has all the

fundamentals.”

The first game is April 10 at home against Hesperia. On April 16, the Panthers are home against Custer Mason County Eastern in West Michigan D League action.