Baldwin girls drop two against Crossroads

BIG RAPIDS — Cassie Cole delivered two strong pitching performances and Crossroads Charter Academy got the key hits in a West Michigan D league doubleheader softball sweep over Baldwin on Monday at Vogel Fields.

Crossroads took the opener 15-0 in three innings and won the rematch 18-7 in six innings.

Crossroads improved to 3-1, while Baldwin was opening its season.

“The girls worked hard,” Crossroads coach Amanda Brown said. “We’re young. We have to make sure we learn what to do and where everybody is going. It’s basically confidence.”

Kylee Purcell had two singles and three RBIs in the first game. Bethany Curtis added a double and four RBIs, while Maya Myers had two singles and three RBIs, Hannah Curtis had a double and single and two RBIs and Alyssa Larson added a single.

Curtis had two doubles and four RBIs in the second game, while Purcell had a double and two RBIs, Curtis had a single and RBI and Myers had a single.

Cole had three strikeouts and allowed one hit in the game. Katie VanderSloot started the second game and had three strikeouts. Cole came in relief to get the win and had two strikeouts while allowing one walk.

She was making her season debut as a pitcher.

“They’re coming,” Brown said. “They’ll get there. We have to take it one game at a time.”

Makayla George took the loss in both games.

“She came back tough in the second one,” Baldwin coach Bob Hilts. “It was kind of evident she ran out of gas.”

George, Miranda Roberts, Shay Scott, Nicole Mooney were among Baldwin’s top hitters.

“We had more than our share of errors, but we had a couple of good plays in there too,” Hilts said. “It was first-game jitters. We’re going to get there.”

Crossroads plays at Hart Thursday. Baldwin is off until it plays Walkerville at home April 23.

“That’s a long time to play again,” Hilts said. “I’m going to try to get another game scheduled.”