Baldwin players confident of more wins this season

BALDWIN — Shay Scott is hoping to provide some key contributions at the third base spot for the Baldwin girls softball team this season.

Bayle Randall is a sophomore who is in her second year with the Panthers and also expects to be a key player.

It’s Scott’s first year at Baldwin. She played last season at East Kentwood and saw extensive playing time on the JV level and is ready for varsity action in Baldwin.

“It’s slightly different,” in Baldwin, Scott said. “I have a pretty good arm for a third baseman. I just hope I’m able to get my accuracy better and help the team as best as I can, honestly.”

She’s confident of being able to consistently throw runners out at first base if the ball comes her way.

Scott also is looking to have a big season at the plate for the Panthers.

‘I’m hoping this year to get my first home run,” she said. “I’ve been hitting pretty far in the outfield. You have to keep your eye on the ball and stay focused.”

Baldwin opens the season Monday at Crossroads Charter Academy.

“The team is amazing this year,” Scott said. “They’re such a good group of players. I feel as long as they get their confidence they’ll be amazing.”

The Panthers have been able to get outside in recent days, which should be a major benefit, Scott said.

Randall played for the Panthers as a freshman and is entering her second varsity season. She played center field last season and will be there again this spring.

“You have to keep your eye on the ball (defensively),” she said. “You have to listen to everyone yelling, keep your eye on it and have good judgment.”

Randall said she wants to have a stronger arm. “I’m usually good at catching flyballs,” she said, adding that game-time experience is critical. “A lot of girls don’t hit out there. It’s important to be on your toes. Games are different than normal practice.”

Randall recalls her hitting started to improve by the end of last season.

“I’m hoping this year I can get back to where I ended last year and not have to start over,” she said. “The key to hitting well is keeping your eye on the ball. That was my problem last year. I got scared and then you lose focus and don’t hit it. You have to have confidence.”

Randall agrees with Scott that Baldwin can win some games this year and needs to avoid getting frustrated.

“We have a good group of girls,” Randall said. “Diamond (Cannon) is coming in as a freshman and she’s going to be good. I think everyone is growing together. With softball, we all keep a good attitude. That should be helpful.”