Baldwin catcher bidding for upcoming success

BALDWIN — Brenda Mills is among the new Baldwin softball players striving to help the Panthers have a competitive program in the sport.

Mills and the other Panthers made their debut Monday in a doubleheader loss to Onekama at home.

Getting used to playing at the varsity level is a main goal now for the Panthers, said Mills. Cold weather and poor field conditions has forced the team to spend most of its season indoors.

Mills has been working at the catching position for Baldwin.

“I like catching,” said Mills, who has been working with Baldwin pitchers and has been striving at keeping the ball in front of her and not allowing baserunners to advance.

“We have to keep focused,” she said, adding that the hitting has been “OK” for the Panthers. “We’ve been practicing before the snow melted.”

The first game on Monday didn’t go without its weather challenges. The Panthers had to fight through the elements, including a downpour.

There are 20 girls on the varsity team. Mills has some past experience, which she hopes to use to benefit the team this season.

“I’ve been playing since tee-ball,” she said. “I used to play second base.”

Baldwin is scheduled to be at Custer-Mason County Eastern Thursday, at Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday and at Brethren May 5.