Wins have been tough to come by and scoring runs has been a problem.
Those issues have not only led to the local Major League Baseball team's struggles in the early going, but also to a high school squad located not far away.
Baldwin is off to a slow start this season. The Highlanders were 1-4 overall (0-1 in Class AAAA Section 3) prior to Wednesday's game against Franklin Regional.
The Highlanders have some talent on board, but most of it is young and inexperienced.
The team has just three seniors, and only one of them sees considerable playing time.
That has likely played a part in the Highlanders struggling to plate runs. They put up a bunch in an 11-10 loss at Thomas Jefferson last Saturday, but in their other four games, the Highlanders have scored only seven runs.
"When you can't score, you can't win," said Baldwin coach Dan Caponi, who is in his 13th season at the Whitehall-based school along Clairton Boulevard.
Caponi added: "It's a pretty young team. Only a few of the guys played varsity last year. For the most part, we don't have much varsity experience. Hopefully, [the early struggles] are just some growing pains and we'll turn it around."
Among those who played last season are junior pitcher Nick Bernick, junior shortstop Christian Hirt, junior second baseman Tom McCar-thy and junior first baseman-pitcher Alex Pantuso.
Baldwin has pitched well at times, mainly during the first three games.
The Highlanders defeated Penn Hills, 2-0, in the season opener, and then dropped consecutive games against Mt. Lebanon, 5-1, and at Upper St. Clair, 6-2.
Those contests were followed by the loss to Thomas Jefferson and a 10-2 defeat at Plum in Monday's section opener.
The pitching staff also includes junior Logan Lutz, senior Uly Ator, sophomore Brendan Antenucci and junior Zach Murray.
"The pitching [was good the first couple of games]. The ERA was in the low twos," Caponi said.
The offense has the ability to begin scoring runs more frequently, according to Caponi.
Also in the starting lineup is the catcher, Murray, in addition to sophomore third baseman Dylan Finocchi, junior right fielder Pat Aul, freshman center fielder Chris Eisel and junior left fielder Austin Ferris.
Other contributors include junior catcher Tony Martinez and sophomore catcher/outfielder Jordan Glitzen, who went 5 for 5 against Thomas Jefferson.
What has impressed Caponi most about his team is the work they have put in to get better and their overall disposition.
The win total might not show it, but this is a team with high character and willpower. Caponi said getting his players to believe in themselves has been one of the biggest hurdles.
"I just think work ethic and attitude [has stuck out about this team]," Caponi said. "They're great kids to work with. They work really hard.
"Hopefully these are just growing pains. I think they can compete at this level. I can preach, but they have to have the confidence that they can do it. I personally think we have a good team."
With section play having just commenced this week, Baldwin still has plenty of time left to make a strong push for a spot in the postseason. Doing it in their section, however, won't be easy.
Plum, Franklin Regional and Central Catholic have all surged to impressive starts. Central Catholic is the Post-Gazette's No. 3-ranked team in Class AAAA.
Baldwin finished 7-12 last season and placed fifth in its section with a 4-8 record. The Highlanders are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, when they went 12-6 and finished second in section play.
"I think if we win, we're going to have to win as a team," Caponi said. "I don't have a stud pitcher and we're still juggling the lineup. No one is head and shoulders above the rest.
"I just want to be able to compete. My experienced guys just need to believe in themselves and compete."