Freshman catcher making improvements for Baldwin

BALDWIN — Kiera Barker learned the ropes during her freshman season as a varsity basketball player. Now it’s on to softball.

Barker and her Baldwin softball team opened the season at Crossroads on Monday with Barker playing the catcher’s spot.

“It’s really fun,” she said. “It’s kind of frustrating at the same time, too. It’s fun, because it’s action packed. There’s a lot of pressure.”

It’s her first time playing catcher, and she’s still learning the position.

“Learning how to throw and what to do, the first thing is know is what to do,” Barker said.

At the plate, Barker wants to work on her stance.

“It’s your position and the way you hit it,” she said.

Barker saw a lot of action as a freshman on the basketball team and is expecting to play a key role for coach Bob Hilts’ softball squad, which started out 0-2 with losses to Crossroads in a Monday doubleheader.

The Panthers are at home April 23 against Walkerville and April 27 with Brethren. They play April 30 at Manistee Catholic Central and are home May 7 against Traverse City Christian. After a road game May 11 at Onekama, the Panthers play at home against Mason County Eastern May 14 and Crossroads May 18.