Baldwin pitcher optimistic with softball’s future

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s softball team will have its final home games of the season Thursday against Manistee Catholic Central as sophomore pitcher Makayla George and her teammates bid to get some wins on the board in the late half of the season.

The weather has played havoc with Baldwin’s softball schedule as it has with other sports. Several dates have been rained out. Upcoming makeup dates have yet to be announced.

The Panthers are scheduled to play at Custer-Mason County Eastern in district action May 30. In the meantime, the Panthers continue to practice. 

“We’re getting better as a team,” George said. “The freshmen are hitting well and catching well. We’re just getting better as a team.”

George said her coach, Bob Hilts, has changed her pitching style.

“He turned me to the side,” she said, adding that the change was designed to improve her accuracy and cut down on walks.

George is encouraged with her team’s improved offense. “Everybody is hitting the ball,” she said.

A combination of improved pitching, hitting and defense should make the Panthers more competitive in upcoming weeks, George said, “if we have our game.”