Baldwin girls focusing on district tournament

BALDWIN — It’s district tournament week with the Baldwin girls softball team focusing on its practices to get ready for Saturday’s Division 4 district tournament at Holton.

Baldwin plays Walkerville in the first game at noon and with a win, would face Holton or Muskegon Catholic Central in the title game at around 2 p.m.

Riley Drilling has been among the top pitchers for the Panthers.

“During the regular season we handled (Walkerville) quite well,” Baldwin coach Bob Hilts said. “Riley is even better now than she was then and will probably start. We should be able to handle Walkerville.”

But then the Panthers would probably have to face Holton.

“They’re ranked third in the state and they’re big time,” Hilts said. “They’re a powerhouse.”

Either Marissa or Marlena Wroblewski are expected to pitch the second game if the Panthers advance.

The Panthers last played Thursday in a West Michigan D League doubleheader at Onekama. The host team won both games in four innings. Scores were not available.

“We played better than we did against (Manistee Catholic Central) the week before,” Hilts said. “We couldn’t do anything right. We were a little better last Thursday at Onekama. We still lost, but we battled them. It’s not like they blew us out. You have to hit the ball and be able to play defense. We had key errors.

“Riley pitched well. We just couldn’t catch the ball or do anything.”

Defense will be a key emphasis this week, Hilts said. “I’m going to speed the pitching machine up and pitch to them a little myself,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be a little more prepared for probably Holton. Muskegon Catholic is pretty good too.”