Holton ends Baldwin’s softball season

BALDWIN — Holton proved Tuesday night that its not an easy softball team to beat.

The undefeated Red Devils have also demonstrated all season that they don’t give up runs easily, although the Baldwin Panthers broke through in a 20-1 loss to Holton in the Division 4 district final.

Rachel Younts was the winning pitcher.

Riley Drilling started and Makayla George finished up for Baldwin.

The Panthers had two hits with singles from Shay Scott and Kiera Barker producing the only run.

Leading hitters for Holton were Kalee Slowik, Jackie Stone and Ashley Friend with doubles.

“The kids were jelling and they always seem to be able to come back when they have to,” Holton coach Kirk Younts said.

Holton (34-0) defeated Muskegon Catholic Central in a district semifinal game 15-0 while Baldwin won over Walkerville by forfeit. Holton needed only three innings in each of its two district games to invoke the mercy rule.

“They’ve had a bunch of shutouts,” Baldwin coach Bob Hilts. “I felt fortunate we got a run.”

Holton had a 2-1 win over Grand Haven recently, but otherwise has handily won most of its games.

Baldwin (3-11) ends its season.

“We’re rebuilding and are a little young, but we’ll get there,” Hilts said. “We got another year coming up. We have a group of freshmen coming up that I’m excited about. The group of juniors that will be seniors next year will have one more year of experience under their belts. We’re looking to improve.”