Baldwin pitcher reflects on unique bowling season

BALDWIN — When he starts the baseball season for Baldwin, Maverick Fisher will be in his fourth sport.

Two of the first three sports included football, where Fisher was a standout linebacker, and basketball where he would come off the bench and hit some key 3-point shots.

But it was in bowling where Fisher especially had a unique experience. He qualified in the Division 4 regionals and ended his bowling season by participating in the state finals at Grand Ledge.

Fisher bowled six games and wound up with a 1,064. He needed to get into the top 16 to advance in the qualifying rounds. He was 40th.

“For my first year of bowling and being at such a high stakes place against bowlers that have been bowling for a long time, I think I did pretty well,” Fisher said. “I was a little bit (nervous). I can’t lie about that. I bowled really well but I know I didn’t bowl to my full potential.”

It was a unique experience for Fisher.

“I was happy to be there,” he said. “I was able to bowl the highest game of my career (253). I had seven strikes in a row.”

It was the most consecutive strikes Fisher has ever thrown. He admits the adrenalin was flowing with the state finals atmosphere.

“It’s a big mental game,” he said.

The Panthers are scheduled to play baseball Monday at Crossroads. Fisher emerged as a pitcher for Baldwin last season and expects to see extensive mound duty again. His fastball is his best pitch.

“I’m going to pitch a lot more this year,” he said. “If I’m not pitching, I’ll probably be third base or catching.”

There’s about five pitchers on the roster, Fisher indicated.

His batting average was around.380 last spring.

“I’m hoping to do a lot better this year,” he said. “I think after our first game, everything will swing into gear. We should be able to win a lot of games.”