"Yeah I did," Baldwin said. "I was like, 'I have to do this.' But we have all come together and the freshmen have taken the pressure off me. I'm really proud of all of them. I don't see them as freshmen anymore."
Gross was pleased with Baldwin since day one this season.
"With such a young team, she (Baldwin) knew she was the only senior starter," Gross said. "She took these girls under her wing and brought them up. She has shown great leadership.
Baldwin, Sissonville's cleanup hitter, leads the team in runs batted in (35) and triples (4). She is the second on the team in batting average (.453), doubles (11), home runs (4).
Baldwin is the team's pitching ace with a 9-9 record and 2.50 earned run average. She has 99 strikeouts.
A two-sport star at Sissonville, Baldwin helped guide the Indian volleyball team to the State Tournament twice.
She had the option of playing volleyball or softball next season at West Virginia State after receiving scholarships in both sports, but opted for softball.
Baldwin will continue her playing career with West Virginia State, as it plays its inaugural season in the Mountain East Conference after winning the final WVC title.
However, she isn't looking past Thursday when Baldwin has a chance to achieve a milestone.
"I've never been to the state tournament with softball," Baldwin said.
"I wouldn't know how it would feel, but I really want it. It's a huge opportunity ahead of us."