Fast pitch season underway
The Baldwin 16 and under girls fast pitch team has started the 2001 campaign.
The team took third place at the Rantoul tournament on June 3. On June 5, the team won a doubleheader against Ottawa and came back to lose a doubleheader at home to Rantoul on Friday.
"We looked good for the start of the season and realize we have some work to do. A season opener is where we see what needs work," said Wayne Pearse, assistant coach. "Rantoul has probably the best team in the league and they really tested us Friday night. This was one of those series that you learn how to face a difficult challenge. In a way, it's kind of good we had a game like that
early in the season, definitely a character builder."
There were some bright moments for Baldwin though. The Baldwin team did have some great plays from Erica Johnson. She threw out two attempted steals that slowed Rantoul down and kept Baldwin in the second game. Lisa Pearse showed some solid pitching
striking out five batters with one walk for the series.
"She's working her curve and change up really well right now," said Pearse.
The girls played Monday night at Paola and have a doubleheader at Greeley today. Head coach Allen Schmidt would like to see a lot of fan support Friday against Osawatomie.
"Fan support means a lot to the girls. It gives them a lot of confidence," Schmidt said.