Baldwin baseball team ready for upcoming games

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s baseball team is headed into the final weeks of the season and coach Doug Bolles is trying to get his team ready for some big tests.

The Panthers finally got a pair of games in on Tuesday against Walkerville after two weeks of inactivity. They were hoping to play Manistee Catholic Central later this week but that twinbill, at home, might not take place until later.

Neither Baldwin nor MCC wanted to play at such a time as it might disrupt the pitching rotation going into the districts.

Despite the two-week layoff, “I think we’re going to be OK,” Bolles said. “Arms are fresh. (Walkerville) was a good one to come back to. Then Pentwater.”

Baldwin plays at Pentwater next Tuesday and then heads to the Division 4 districts May 30 at Custer-Mason County Eastern. Baldwin plays the host school at 10 a.m.

“We haven’t gotten a lot (of games) in, but we can still win districts,” Bolles said.

Da’Ron Copeland has been the No. 1 pitcher for Baldwin.

“He won’t be here for districts, he’s going to Florida for a graduation,” Bolles said. “Brandon and Breton Childress will be two guys. Damon Nichols has been solid for me. One of them will be catching if not pitching.”

Bolles is hoping the team will be able to keep hitting the ball well.

“I do really like what’s coming up,” Bolles said. “If we get the time in and the weather stays good, I like our chances. Custer is undefeated in the conference. But we lost to them 9-8 and were leading the whole game and lost in the bottom of the sixth. Our heads were down in the second game and we lost 8-2. But we were in both games.

“These kids like to compete. They’ve won in football and they’ve won in basketball. This spring has been the weirdest spring with weather and everything going on. The other struggle I’m having is I have four guys in driver’s training and their classes are set up. They were set up around working baseball. Now we have the makeup games.”