Lack of numbers forces Baldwin to end baseball season

DeMarko Williams slides safely into home plate against MCE. ( Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — Lack of numbers has forced Baldwin baseball coach Rob Atwood and athletic department officials to call it a season.

The Panthers were 1-3 with their most recent game being a 7-5 win over Crossroads.

But Atwood said it’s been tough to get numbers and he decided last week to end the season.

The reason for not enough members “is a mixed bag,” Atwood said.

The highest number has been 10 on the roster.

“We’ve been on the bubble all year,” Atwood said. “We made the decision (Tuesday), collectively.”

This is Atwood’s second year as coach. In 2015 and 2016, Baldwin had a team most of the season but not enough numbers for the districts. Atwood said officials will try to have a team in 2019. The school competes in the West Michigan D League.

“As of right now, it’s up in the air,” Atwood said. “It’s a challenge with numbers for a small school.”

Dexter and Derrick Hossler, Ian Lemieux, Ryan Kolenbrander, Darrin Thomas, DeMarko Williams and Spencer Sabin were key players for Baldwin.

Atwood teaches at the school and also coaches Baldwin’s cross country team in the fall.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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