Panthers struggle in opener

BALDWIN — It was cold and windy Tuesday night and not especially the way the Baldwin baseball team wanted to start its season.

The Panthers lost to Hesperia 18-0 in four innings and 23-3 in three innings on Tuesday.

“The weather was terrible,” said Baldwin coach Doug Bolles. “I know it was both ways, both sides. But (Hesperia) went to Florida last week with good weather and had a solid week of practice that was really good for them.”

randon Childress had a triple and Karlos Perez added a double to spark the Panthers in the second game. Devon Sparks-Burrell, Childress and Mike Thomas went on the mound in the first game.

“It was their first game as well as ours,” Bolles said. “In practices, we’ve been pretty fundamental. But today, they scored a lot of runs with two outs. (Hesperia) didn’t have many hits, but we gave them runs with our errors and walks. I was a little disappointed with that.

“The effort was there. With them being ahead, they were more positive about the weather. You have to play over that. You have to be mentally tough.”

Adam Clugston, a freshman, started the first game for Baldwin and went four innings.

“He pitched pretty solid,” Bolles said. “We just didn’t back him. He didn’t give up many hits. But it was the walks and errors behind him that hurt him.”

Baldwin is home with Custer-Mason County Eastern on Monday.