Copeland making key contributions for Baldwin baseball

BALDWIN — Da’Ron Copeland and his other Baldwin baseball teammates are still working to get into a groove this season.

But Copeland, like his teammates, is confident once the Panthers hit their stride, they’ll be a dangerous team.

Copeland saw some pitching action against Crossroads in a home Monday doubleheader.

“It’s the first time I pitched at all this year,” he said. “I think it went pretty good overall. I just have to get back into the motion. I should be good within the next two games.”

Copeland likes his fastball.

“But I have a nice little curveball,” he said. “When I do it right, I can throw it.”

Copeland said he’s gotten off to a slow start at the plate. But he’s confident he’ll get to his potential soon.

“We have to focus on getting better and playing and try to get everything together so we know who goes where,” Copeland said, “When districts come, we want to be ready.”

Copeland plays shortstop if he’s not pitching and notes he has a good glove and arm.

The team has enough talent to play good baseball, but also has some new players, Copeland added.

“Without them, we wouldn’t have a team,” he said. “We have to help them get better and we’ll be all right.”

Copeland is looking on doing the long jump and 200 for the Baldwin track team. He jumped 18-11 last season and ran a 26.0 in the 200.

Baldwin’s baseball team is home Thursday against Walkerville and at Onekama on Monday.