Baldwin Skyhawks take first in tournament
The 16-and-under Baldwin Skyhawks showed up to play this weekend as they won their first tournament of the summer at the Flint Hills Wind Invitational in Council Grove.
"The tourney was much more rewarding and fun for the ladies," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "The girls were much more prepared mentally to play."
The tournament consisted of pool play on Saturday and then a single-elimination tournament on Sunday.
In the championship game on Sunday the Skyhawks faced the Winfield Starz for the second time that day, after losing to them in the morning. The Hawks had a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when the bats of both teams started to heat up. The Starz scored six runs in the top of the fifth to take the 6-1 lead. The Skyhawks came back in the bottom of the fifth with a grand slam by Emily Brown that scored Jodie Bacon, Kayla Pringle and Kyrstan Hubbel and brought the team within one run.
The Starz added a run in the sixth to increase their lead to two runs. In their last at bat the Skyhawks rallied to score two runs and send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth inning the International Tiebreaker rule was used, in which a runner starts on second with no outs. The Skyhawks held the Starz scoreless in their half of the eighth and then Angie Bacon drove in Pringle to win the game and the tournament.
In the first game of the single-elimination tournament the Skyhawks beat the Conway Springs Caution 5-2 with four runs in the first inning, including a home run by Anna Skaggs. Liz Burks picked up the win for the Hawks.
On Saturday the Skyhawks opened with a thrilling 3-2 win over the Flint Hill Braves. In the bottom of the sixth with the score tied 2-2, Skaggs started a rally with a lead off single. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bacon and then Haydon Hubbel drove in Skaggs for the winning run. K. Hubbel was the winning pitcher in the game.
In the second game of pool play on Saturday the Skyhawks scored two runs in each of the first three innings on their way to a 10-2 run-rule victory over the Abilene Ikes. The team combined for 13 hits and K. Hubbel won her second game in as many starts.
After the second game on Saturday the teams had some fun with individual competitions. In the hitting contest Brown finished first place in the hitting contest, Liz Burks finished second in the base running contest and K. Hubbel finished third in the pitching competition.
The pool play continued on Sunday morning with a preview to the championship game as the Skyhawks faced the Starz. The Hawks had a 2-1 lead going into the sixth, but the Starz were able to score four runs to take the lead and win the game 5-2.
"The team was focused this weekend," said Honomichl. "It also helped to play at the same tournament as the 18-and-under Skyhawks."
The 16-U Skyhawks finished with a 4-1 record and will join the 18-U Skyhawks this next weekend in Emporia for the USSSA State Tournament.