Brenton Childress eyes productive season with Baldwin baseball team

BALDWIN  — Brenton Childress delivered some key hitting for the Baldwin Panthers in their West Michigan D League opener Monday against Onekama and hopes to keep his contributions at a high level throughout the season.

“We did all right,” Childress, a sophomore said. “We need to cut down on errors. The hitting, we did good at and the base running.”

Childress displayed his defensive versatility in the twinbill against Onekama.

“(Coaches) has me at third, second, short, and catching,” he said.

If he had to pick a favorite position, Childress said it would be tough, but gave a nod to shortstop.

“There’s a lot of action and one of my favorite players (Derek Jeter) plays there,” Childress said.

His glove remains a strength. Childress didn’t think he batted too well in the first game against Onekama.

“The second game, I stepped it up,” he said. “There were a lot of jitters.”

Brenton Childress considers himself a contact hitter. His brother Brandon Childress, a junior on the team, belted a homer against Onekama.

It’s still very early but Childress likes his team’s potential.

“I think we can make it to regionals,” he said, “and maybe go on from there.”

The Panthers play at Custer-Mason County Eastern on Thursday and at Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday.