Baldwin baseball team set to pursue district crown

BALDWIN — What’s been an unusual season of sorts for the Baldwin baseball team will enter tournament action on Friday with the Panthers hoping to make a run at a Division 4 district title.

Baldwin entered this week at 5-7 and was scheduled to make up a doubleheader at Pentwater on Tuesday. The twinbill, like many others this season, was rained out.

That means the Panthers, who played last on May 20 in a doubleheader sweep over Walkerville, will head straight to the Division 4 districts at Custer-Mason County Eastern on Friday with a semifinal game against the host school.

The winner plays in the 3 p.m. title game against either Crossroads or Pentwater.

Pentwater endured a storm early Tuesday and the field was flooded.

Tuesday’s game with Pentwater likely will not be made up. A twinbilll with Manistee Catholic that was rained out also may not be replayed.

“We have two league makeups and I don’t know if we can get them in because they’ll have to be after districts,” said Baldwin coach Doug Bolles. “I  don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Baldwin was scheduled to practice Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Bolles indicated he probably would start Maverick Fisher as pitcher against MCE. Fisher was the winning pitcher in the first game against Walkerville.

“It will either be him or Brandon Childress,” Bolles said. “If Brandon’s not pitching, he’s going to catch. He gives us a better defensive alignment.”

If Baldwin would advance to the district title game, Bolles indicated he would go with Childress or Damon Nichols.

Baldwin lost to MCE 9-8 earlier this season.

“What cost us last time was making mistakes,” Bolles said. “If we can minimize mistakes and throw strikes, and put the ball in play, we had an 8-7 lead the last game and were up the whole time. We could have put them away early. We need to capitalize on our opportunities. We can’t let up. We had a 7-1 lead. We got complacent.”

Bolles is hoping that lack of actual games in recent weeks won’t be a factor against his team.

“We’ll go after it the next two days (of practices),” he said. “We may go a little longer than normal and get some extra fielding practice and a little extra time in the cage and work with outfielders and infielders. I think we’ll be OK. Our arms should be fresh. Since May 5, we only had that doubleheader against Walkerville last week. I’m looking at the glass being half-full and it will be a positive.”