Baldwin softball team falters in districts

CUSTER — The Crossroads Cougars mercied Baldwin 20-7 in the Division 4 district softball semifinals Friday. There were only three teams in the district and Custer-Mason County Eastern drew a semifinal-round bye.

MCE beat Crossroads 16-1 in the title game.

In the Baldwin game, Sydney Balsitis pitched two innings and had three strikeouts for Crossroads while Cassie Cole went three innings and had five strikeouts.

Katie VanderSloot had a single and triple, plus an RBI, while Cassie Cole added three RBIs, Megan Soller had a double and two RBIs, Kaitlyn Reed had a double and Balsitis delivered a single and double.

For the Panthers, who end the season at 0-9, it was another case of too many errors at too many times. Baldwin had 14 errors in the first few innings.

“It was not a good start,” said Baldwin coach Bob Hilts. “Take those errors and (early) runs and we're ahead in that game. We had two outs before they ever scored. They were silly errors, young errors. We were dropping lazy flyballs. We made some adjustments and held them down after that.”

Makayla George took the pitching loss.

“We'll just get ready for next year,” said Hilts,who isn't sure if his team will make up some postponed dates. “We've only played four (doubleheaders) coming into this game. We're looking forward to next year. We're all young. No one is graduating.”

Athletic director Shawn Williams said on Monday none of the postponed softball dates would be rescheduled.