Copeland hopes to help baseball team have strong season

BALDWIN  — Da’Ron Copeland is a senior for the Baldwin baseball team and one of the Panther players being counted upon heavily to make strong contributions all season long.

Copeland and the Panthers have had a small number of practices so far under new coach Cregg Bolles to get ready for a season that starts Monday at home against Crossroads. School scheduling changes and other factors have contributed to a small amount of practice time.

“We’ve had two practices outdoors,” Copeland said. “I’ll pretty much be wherever (Bolles) needs me like infield and pitching, mostly, and a lot of shortstop.”

Copeland will be focusing a lot on his fastball.

“My curveball is getting better,” Copeland said, adding that he expects for his pitches to be faster and more accurate.

At shortstop, Copeland expects to have better and more accurate throws to first base.

He added that offensively, there will be four main hitters.

“We have a younger team and new guys coming in so it will be kind of hard,” Copeland said.

It will take more work for the team to get ready for its schedule, Copeland indicated. Baldwin will be competing in the West Michigan D League.