Baldwin softball team falls to Bear Lake

BALDWIN — Baldwin softball coach Bob Hilts is hoping that May turns out to be a kinder month to his team than April.

The Panthers lost a twin bill to Bear Lake 21-1 and 19-1 on the road Monday.

“We hit the ball a little bit, we're just having trouble finding the strike zone,” he said. “It's frustrating right now. I have some athletes on the team. Our pitching is not up to par. Defensively, we didn't look too bad. We hit the ball.”

Ashley Roy was 2-for-3 while Kyrie Norman walked three times. Rachel Groendyke also had some hits. Groendyke handled the pitching. Gracie Lemieux played center field but wasn't able to pitch because of an injured thumb.

“We're hitting quality pitching,” Hilts said. “We don't have another game for a week. We'll get to practice the next couple of weeks. Hopefully we will work the bugs out of this and can be more competitive.

“We're young and we're aging. But we have a lot of work to do the next few weeks over practice.”

Last Thursday, Baldwin lost at home to Frankfort 19-1.

“Frankfort is a powerhouse,” Hilts said. “Bear Lake had some quality pitching too. We're hitting the quality pitching. We have to get deeper into the lineup. We had the bases loaded twice tonight (against Bear Lake) and failed to score and that was kind of disappointing.

“I have a lot of freshmen and a lot of young girls on the team. We're going to get better.”

Baldwin is home Monday against Walkerville.

“That means we have several days to hopefully get some bugs worked out of this,” Hilts said.