BHS takes tournament roller coaster ride
Baldwin High School's softball team rode the roller coaster last week at a "semi" tournament in Paola. The Bulldogs thumped Wellsville 9-0 to advance to the finals where they fell 9-0 to Blue Valley North.
"We played well against Wellsville," said Ginny Honomichl, BHS softball coach. "It took a little while to get used to their pitcher because she was throwing slower than we are used to. We settled down and went about our business.
"We cruised on in with the win," Honomichl said. "We got to use more players than usual in that one. That was good to do."
BHS took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and took command with a four-run third. The Bulldogs added two runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Jodie Bacon and Kim Sledd led the offensive onslaught, collecting three hits each out of BHS's 11 hits. One of Sledd's hits was a double. Suzie Weege and Mary Martin both added two hits. Kyrstan Hubbel picked up the pitching victory, striking out five and walking four, to improve her record to 6-2.
As well as that game went, the contest with Blue Valley went the other way. The wheels fell off for the first time for the Bulldogs as they committed four errors and could manage just three hits against the Class 6A team.
"We were outclassed in that one," she said. "We just made too many errors early. That put us down 3-0. We had trouble with their pitcher, too. We weren't good enough for them on that day."
BHS only had three hits, one each by Bacon, Sledd and Kristen Wessel. Wessel's was a triple. Hubbel took the loss to fall to 6-3. She had six strikeouts and six walks.
But the doubleheader wasn't without gain.
"There's a lot to be learned in situations like that," said Honomichl. "We didn't have good pitching all day. We were able to win the first one and learned that we can win even when things aren't going well."
And, she said, there's nothing wrong with being 6-3 at this stage of the season.
"We're not complaining at all," she said. "Our losses are to Blue Valley North, Kansas City Piper and Hays. Two of those aren't even in our classification."
The games weren't without bumps and bruises either. Weege and Wessel were both injured. Plus, Bacon had surgery last week to correct the broken nose she suffered almost two weeks ago.
"We'll try to get people healed up for Thursday," Honomichl said of the next game. "Jodie won't be ready until Friday, so we'll have to play without her. Weege is going to be okay and so is Wessel."
Next up for the Bulldogs is a doubleheader Thursday at Osawatomie. They'll play the Trojans and Gardner. Both varsity and junior varsity teams will be in action. Games start at 4:30 p.m. After that, BHS's varsity will have a doubleheader April 27 at Prairie View. The junior varsity will make the same trip the next day for a pair of games.