Baldwin baseball team set for key home games

BALDWIN — Baldwin's baseball team has a chance to make a move up in the West Michigan D League standings when the Panthers host Pentwater and Walkerville in upcoming doubleheaders.

The Panthers will play Pentwater on Thursday and Walkerville on Monday. After facing Walkerville, the Panthers will be home for a league twinbill on May 3 against Brethren.

Last Thursday, Baldwin lost 10-0 to Frankfort at home in four innings. It was scheduled to be a doubleheader.

Brandon Childress was the losing pitcher.

“The weather was bad, but Frankfort has been to the semifinals the last several years,” said Baldwin coach Doug Bolles. “They're not quite at that level this year, but they still have great tradition. We actually played pretty well.

“We did our normal one-inning collapse. But they only had three runs after the first three innings. Then they scored seven in the fourth. Because of the weather, we were only going to go two fives. Because of the 10-run role, because of the weather, we decided to stop it.”

But Bolles was happy with what his team achieved against Frankfort.

“I was pretty proud of the kids,” he said. “Childress pitched well. We didn't field very well behind him.”

Pentwater and Walkerville have not been league powerhouses in the past.

“Walkerville split with Crossroads and is very young, “ Bolles said. “Pentwater, if we come to play, it's pretty even I think. I think their pitching may be a little ahead of us. But we're right there. Whoever wins Thursday, it will determine who is fourth in the league. I think we're right there at the cutoff.”