Baldwin baseball team splits with Walkerville

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s baseball team split with Pentwater on Tuesday in a road doubleheader.

Baldwin won the first game 5-4 and lost the second, 7-1.

Brandon Childress was the winning pitcher in the first game. Adam Frasier had two hits for Baldwin.

Damon Nichols was the losing pitcher in the second game.

“We only had two hits,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. Brandon Childress and Clay Bowens each had one. Childress had the lone RBI on a sacrifice fly.

The Panthers lost a doubleheader to Mason County Eastern in league play Thursday 8-7 and 12-0.

“It was two good baseball games,” Bolles said. “We made some mistakes and they made some mistakes.”

Maverick Fisher was the starter in the first game. Nichols also pitched. Fisher had three singles.

“We’re being competitive,” Bolles said. “Obviously, you want to win. We’re coming. Playing Custer is always a challenge.”

“Also during the day, Nichols had two singles. Tyler Clugston had four hits and three RBIs. Kendall Phillips had two hits. Clugston and Childress were among the pitchers in the second game.

Travis McCormick “is probably the best player in the league,” Bolles said of a Cardinal player who hurt the Panthers on the mound and at the plate.

“I’m not trying to make excuses but we’ve got kids gone to driver’s training, things like that,” Bolles said. “We haven’t had a lot of practice time. To come out and play like this, I’m really happy about it.”

Baldwin plays Thursday at Onekama. Next week, Baldwin prepares for the Division 4 district at Holton. The Panthers play Walkerville or Kent City Algoma Christian in the first game. Baldwin mercied Walkerville twice during the season.

Baldwin, if it makes the final, is likely to play Muskegon Catholic Central, ranked No. 3 in the state.