Lewis eyes improvement on mound for Baldwin

BALDWIN — Jheresa Lewis is among the Baldwin players that coach Bob Hilts will be counting on this season to make strong performances in the pitchers circle.

Lewis had a chance to show her stuff in the season-opening doubleheader on Monday against Onekama.

The Panthers sustained a doubleheader loss.

“I need more practice,” she said, adding that the goal was to be more accurate. It was the first time Lewis has pitched. Hilts had indicated during the preseason that Lewis could potentially be another pitcher to complement Makayla George and Rachel Groendyk.

She discovered that the pitching profession can be nerve-wrenching and relaxing at the same time.

“I felt like I (pitched) a lot of balls. I could have done better,” she said.

The team is capable of hitting the ball and hasn’t been striking out that much. It remains a young and inexperienced team.

“We can get a lot better,” she said.

Lewis also runs track and is anticipating being in a relay and she indicated she would also try the hurdles. Her steps in-between the hurdles has been a strength. The track team has been working at getting more numbers while the softball team is at 20.

For softball, Baldwin is scheduled to be at Custer-Mason County Eastern Thursday, at Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday and at Brethren May 5.

The Panthers track team is scheduled to be at West Michigan D League jamborees April 23 at Onekama, April 30 at Brethren and May 7 at Custer-Mason County Eastern.