Nichols confident of strong baseball season

BALDWIN — Damon Nichols is in the final spring season of his high school career and is hoping to make it a memorable one.

Nichols is coming off his football season in the fall and basketball campaign in the winter. This spring, he’s a key member of the Baldwin baseball and track teams.

It’s Nichols’ fourth year in high school. He’s played baseball since he was 7. For the Panthers, he’s a catcher and pitcher.

The Panther baseball team is 0-4.

“We haven’t really practiced that much,” Nichols said, adding that once he and his teammates get into a rhythm, they hope to be extremely competitive.

As a pitcher, Nichols is focusing on consistency. He likes his knuckleball and indicated it’s been working effectively so far. As a catcher, his arm and ability to keep the ball in front of him have been strengths.

Fielding may be something the Panthers want to keep working on as they try to get in more practice and gametime.

Baldwin is home Tuesday against Traverse City Christian. After getting off to a slow start, the Panthers hope to peak by tournament time, Nichols added.

The Baldwin athletic department has announced that Nichols, along with Migel Mahan, will be playing football at Olivet College.