Baldwin softball team nears final games of season

BALDWIN — Rose Lemieux and her Baldwin teammates are hoping to be playing their best softball of the season in the next 10 days.

The Panthers were mercied 10-0 and 18-3 to Mason County Eastern last Thursday in the final games of the season.

Lemieux is a sophomore for Baldwin.

“It’s been going pretty well,” Lemieux said. “We have lost some games. We mercied Walkerville (twice). We’ve improved a lot. At the beginning of the season, our defense was very scattered. But now we are very tight. We need a few more things to tweak and we’ll be awesome.”

Making the right throw at the right places remains a key aspect of the defense, Lemieux indicated.

“We have to make sure there’s no rainbows in those throws,” she said, adding catching also remains a key part of the defense.

Hitting has been improving, Lemieux said.

“We had a lot of hits (May 14),” she said. “We didn’t get a lot of runs because MCE has good defense. Our girls are battling. I’m proud.”

Coach Bob Hilts also has said he’s proud the way his team continues to improve.

“We have to make sure we’re talking to each other and we know what to do,” Lemieux said. “We have to work on our throws and pitching.”

The Panthers play Thursday at Onekama and are at districts May 30 at Holton against either Walkerville or Kent City Algoma Christian.