Baldwin girls fall twice to Onekama

BALDWIN — Baldwin suffered a pair of 20-3 and 16-1 losses in West Michigan D League softball action on Monday to Onekama. It was the first games of the season for the Panthers.

Onekama is 3-3. Sydney Arendt was the winning pitcher in the first game. Taylor DeWitt won the second game.

“We haven’t been outdoors that many times,” Baldwin coach Bob Hilt said. “We didn’t play that badly. We hit the ball and played defense. We’ve cut down on the number of walks (allowed by Baldwin pitchers).”

Jheresa Lewis pitched the first game for Baldwin.

“They had a lot of hits and she was not overpowering,” Hilts said. “I told her I’d rather (allow hits) than walk people.”

Makayla George and Rachel Groendyk pitched the second game for Baldwin.

During the twinbill, Groendyk and George had two hits apiece. Nicole Mooney also had a hit for Baldwin.

Hilts has 20 girls on his roster. He doesn’t have a junior varsity team, so the Panthers have been trying to play everybody during a varsity doubleheader.

“If you had a winning team, then you have to realize you have to work hard in practice,” Hilts said.

The Panthers play at Custer-Mason County Eastern on Thursday.

Hilts said practices to get ready for upcoming games will have a simple goal.

“We’ll hit and hit and practice defense,” he said. “Every time we practice, we get better.”

Now that the weather is settling more into spring, Hilts and his team have a chance for more outdoor practices which they’re hoping will mean better results on the playing field.