Baldwin splits with Crossroads
BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads had a 14-8 win over Baldwin to open a baseball doubleheader in West Michigan D League action on Thursday.
Baldwin won the rematch 7-5.
The opener was a complete game victory for Mike Thorne.
The nightcap was Baldwin’s first win of the season.
“It was a day of adversity,” Baldwin coach Rob Atwood said. “We came out in that first game and had some mental errors. In the second game we played better and got the split. I was happy with our team’s bounce-back attitude.”
Ian Lemieux had seven hits during the twinbill. Ryan Kohlenbrander also had a big night at the plate.
Baldwin has a home league game on Monday against Pentwater.
For Crossroads, in the opener,
Hunter Walsh had a single, double and one RBI, Ryan Haner had a double and two RBIs while Thorne and Keegan McKinnen each scored three runs.
“It was a come-from-behind win for our first win of the season,” Crossroads coach Jim Davis said. “The boys battled hard and were able to capitalize on the opportunities in front of them in the game. Ryan Haner had a key double and to get our scoring started. Mike Thorne pitched a complete game and his gritty performance was key to our victory.”
In the second game, hitting highlights for Crossroads included Walsh with a double and one RBI, and Soller had a single, two runs scored and an RBI.
“We fell behind early due to too many errors by the defense,” Davis said. “We battled back but ran out of time as the game was called after 3 1/2 due to darkness. We are working on eliminating the mental mistakes that plagued us this game. Physical errors are a part of the game. We are just working hard on being stronger in the mental part of the game. Our inexperience showed but as the season progresses we should improve and make progress.”