Panthers end softball season in district championship game loss to Cardinals

CUSTER — Custer-Mason County Eastern displayed its dominance as a softball team Friday in the Division 4 district title game at MCE.

It was only a two-team district with the Cardinals needing only two at-bats to take a 32-2 championship victory over Baldwin.

MCE, the home team, exploded for 26 runs in the first inning and added six in the second. Baldwin scored two runs in the top of the third, but the 15-run mercy rule took effect, ending the game.

Keyrie Norman delivered a two-run single for Baldwin in the third as the Panthers avoided the shutout. Alyssa Bryan was the winning pitcher in two innings of work for the Cardinals.

Ashley Roy pitched both innings for Baldwin.

“We’ve made so much progress,” Roy said. “People know where to go and everything.”

Baldwin athletic director Abe Williams was serving as interim Panther coach for Bob Hilts who had work commitments on Friday. Williams praised the Cardinals.

“They’re the class act of the West Michigan D League,” Williams said. “We wanted to make a good showing. The last inning we got some hits and scored some runs to give our team something to look forward to for next year.”

“We have one girl, a senior, we’re losing and one girl is moving,” Roy said. “Everyone else should be coming back.”