Baldwin baseball team set for Saturday districts

BALDWIN —  Baldwin’s baseball team closed its regular season with 18-3 and 16-3 losses at Onekama in West D League action last Thursday.

In the first game, Tyler Clugston had two singles. Da’Ron Copeland took the pitching loss.

In the second game, Clugston was the losing pitcher. Brandon Childress had two walks and a single. Damon Nichols had a double.

“Onekama has a really good team,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “I’m not taking anything away from them. They and Brethren were undefeated in the league and (played Tuesday) for the league championship. They’re high quality. They’re just that much better than us right now.”

The Panthers will play at Holton on Saturday in Division 4 district action. They face the winner of Tuesday’s Kent City Algoma Christian-Walkerville game Saturday morning. The winner plays either Holton or Muskegon Catholic Central Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers beat Walkerville handily in a doubleheader during the regular season.

“I’ve heard Algoma is down this year too, but I would say Algoma is going to win that (predistrict) game,” Bolles said. “I think we have a decent shot. We don’t have a glowing record. We’d have to come to play regardless of who it is.”

Bolles likes his team’s chance to advancing to the district final.

“Either one of those two in the other bracket will be an extreme challenge,” Bolles said.

Pitchers will probably be Maverick Fisher and Tyler Clugston in districts with Damon Nichols as a reliever.

Bolles is hoping the Panther bats will be explosive this weekend.

“We made a lot of contact,” he said of the Onekama game. “We only struck out a handful of times, but were hitting it at people. They were pretty surehanded. We’re touching the ball better Game-to-game, I don’t know who I have (because of scheduling conflicts). That’s been the struggle.”

Correction: The baseball headline in last week’s Star should have been: Baldwin baseball team splits with Pentwater.