Ian Austin set his sights on a successful defence of their Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title after Baxenden retained the P M and M Ramsbottom Cup.
Victorious captain Austin was man of the match for an innings of 65 and 2-5 as the holders defeated Settle by 84 runs.
"I expected a tougher game if I’m honest," said the former Lancashire star.
"But we played and missed a few times and they got some nicks.
"And when it was 36-7, the game was all but over."
Baxenden were 11-2 after professional Babar Naeem (5) and Callum Waddington (3) were dismissed.
But Austin and Mark Rishton (59) shared a 95-run partnership for the third wicket and Lewis McIntosh’s 26 helped the holders reach 197-6.
Harry Boam was the pick of the Settle bowlers with 2-28 from 10 overs.
Boam was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures in Settle’s reply.
And their final tally could have been more embarrassing but for John Tarbox’s late 35.
Paid man Naeem atoned for a rare failure with the bat by taking 4-9 from nine miserly overs.
"I thought around 170 would be a competitive score," added Austin.
"So, I knew we had a great chance when Settle batted.
"Now, the plan is to retain the league title.
"But we can’t really afford to lose any games."
Baxenden's win over bottom of the table Salesbury 24 hours earlier lifted them to third in the table.
However, they’re 22 points behind leaders Clitheroe with eight games to go.
"It’s going to come down to which teams can string a run of results together," says Austin.
"But there a few sides at the top who still have to play each other."
Austin believes Baxenden have emerged from their recent slump that saw them lose five successive senior division fixtures.
"You accept you are going to lose an odd game," he explains.
"But maybe a few people started to sit back and think ‘we’ve got a good professional, a couple of decent amateurs’ things will take care of themselves.
"However, everyone leaves it to each other and suddenly you’ve lost three or four matches and no-one is doing the job he is in the team for.
"Then, you get a bit more cautious and confidence drops after a few defeats.
"But we’ve had a good couple of weekends now and hopefully we’re back on track."