Lemieux hopes to give Panthers key contributions at first base

BALDWIN — Rosie Lemieux is set to play an important role for the Baldwin softball team this season.

The Panthers are now in their fourth week of practices. The season begins at home on Monday against West Michigan D League rival Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy.

It’s her third season on the varsity team. Her primary position is first base. She’s also an alternate for center field or right field. She did some work during the offseason.

“Whenever the weather is nice, I’m outside catching with my brother and sister, or anybody really,” Lemieux said.

She’s looking to be strong defensively. Many of the preseason practices have been inside the elementary gym.

“We were outside for a couple of days last week,” Lemieux said. “A few of us got together the week before official practices started and were out at Hollister Field doing some minor drills.”

The Panthers hope to be competitive this season under new coach Doug Bolles.

“We’ll have a good team this year,” Lemieux said. “All of these girls are (veterans). They’ve played before. I feel we’ll have a strong season this year.”

Lemieux and her teammates have been focusing on hitting.

“Our stances were wrong,” she said. “Our coaches helped us to fix it so we have the correct amount of power and leverage.”

Lemieux and the Panthers hope to get outside soon to adequately prepare for the 2016 season.