Baldwin senior looking to have another strong season at the plate

BALDWIN — Clay Bowens had a solid baseball season in 2014 and hopes the same continues in 2015.

Bowens drew honors from the West Michigan D League for his successful season. He’s hoping to help this season’s team get on the winning path.

He was in center field last year and will be at that spot again this season.

There will be challenges since the practice season started late and weather has prevented the baseball team from getting off to a quick start

The Panthers are 0-2 after losing a doubleheader last week to Crossroads. A Monday game with Pentwater was rained out. They are scheduled to play Walkerville at home Thursday.

Bowens, a senior, is still looking forward to catching up with other teams.

Bowens indicated he has a strong arm for the center field spot. But he also likes his ability to move around the outfield and get to the ball.

“He’s the king of the outfield,” Bowens said of the center fielder’s position. “He has responsibility to take care of it.”

Bowens was able to make contact at the plate last year and is hoping for more of the same this season. He considers himself a contact hitter, but also can hit with power and use his speed on the bases.

“We have the potential to do good,” he said. “We have to get these practices in and have to get more reps in to do that.”

Bowens also is running track this spring.