Copeland finishes productive spring season

BALDWIN — It’s been a short spring for the Baldwin Panthers, and Da’Ron Copeland wishes it could be longer.

The Baldwin sophomore did both baseball and track during the spring. Last week against Walkerville, he got the chance to pitch for the first time in awhile because of weather, track meets and other factors.

“I felt I did pretty good,” he said. “It was my first game back in a few weeks. You don’t want to go too fast, but work in a rhythm and get used to things and get back into it.”

Copeland was at the Western Michigan D League track meet last week and ran in the 4x100 relay, and took second place. He started in the 4x100 and took second in that also.

“I did the long jump and got a 17 feet 10 inches, and almost qualified for the finals,” Copeland said.

It was a productive spring, Copeland felt, whenever he and his teammates were able to get their chance to compete in meets that weren’t canceled because of the weather.

Track season has ended for the Panthers. Baseball season continues Friday at the Division 4 districts in Custer-Mason County Central. Copeland has been among the team’s top pitchers, but has a family trip planned for Florida and will not be available.

“I’ll be back next year and can play all season,” said Copeland, who said he learned plenty this spring. “I realized I have potential to be a good pitcher. I have to practice more and work on my stretch and windup, and on my technique, period. I’ll run track next year too, I think I’ll have a way better chance to do things next year, based on what we did this year.”

Copeland is also a football and basketball player at Baldwin.