Baldwin baseball team set to start season next Monday

BALDWIN  — Baldwin’s baseball team was scheduled to open its season on Monday against Crossroads Charter Academy.

But field conditions wouldn’t allow it and coach Cregg Bolles is now focusing on his first game.

But like for other coaches, with the school’s new academic schedule and intersessions, it’s been a challenge to have all players at one practice.

“We had a bunch of kids who had a college trip to U of M, MSU and all of that,” Bolles said. “Then we have band going to Washington D.C. for a week. We haven’t had a full practice with everybody there. It’s difficult to get everybody there.”

Bolles was hoping to have several practices this week. An upcoming home game would be iffy with prevailing field conditions.

“It’s real sloppy,” Bolles said. “Our field doesn’t hold water very well. First base is a puddle, third base as well.”

Bolles expects Tyler Clugston, Da’Ron Copeland and Ryan Kolenbrander to be among his top players. Terrell Rogers also is expected to contribute along with freshman Darren Thomas, sophomore Kendall Phillips and junior Deondra McDonald.

“Those are the guys that are going to see some action out there,” Bolles said.

Most of the players are focusing on baseball, he said, although some like Copeland may also run track