Hammers nail down come-from-behind win
The Baldwin Hammers 13-14 year old baseball team split the four games it was able to get in between rains over the past week, highlighted by a gritty, come from behind home win over the Lawrence Tigers.
Baldwin started well in this contest and held a 4-0 lead after two innings. Finally showing some life, the Tigers got back in the game with three runs in the third. The Lawrence club then erupted for nine runs over the next two innings, greatly helped by several Hammer throwing errors, and held a 12-7 lead.
The Hammers managed to close the gap to 12-9 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. They then added four more in the sixth on the strength of hits by Matt Bowlin, Ben Knoll, Will Sharp and Michael Tyree and retook the lead at 13-12. Knoll then struck out the side in the seventh and Baldwin recorded the home win.
Leading the Hammers' 13 hit attack was Kyle Ruona with two doubles, while Ricky Baker, Bowlin and Knoll each added a pair of singles. Knoll took the win after coming on in the sixth and throwing two shutout innings.
Baldwin also played a pair of games with the Lawrence Athletics and dropped them both. In the first matchup, Baldwin hung around the entire game but couldn't string any hits together, eventually losing by an 8-2 count. Baker led the Hammers with a home run and a single.
In the second contest, Baldwin was able to manage a 3-3 tie in the second inning but it was all Athletics after that and the A's won 16-4. Hammers collecting hits were Dylan Hay, Brett Schulte, Baker, Bowlin and Knoll.
Baldwin ended the week with a road game versus the Lawrence Rockies. This one had the makings of a Hammer run-away early when the visitors notched seven runs in the third to take a 9-1 lead. The Rockies hung tough, however, and closed the gap to just 12-9 in the sixth. Baldwin then regrouped, scored another two runs and held on for the 14-9 win.
Ruona led Baldwin in hitting with three singles and two runs batted in, with Hay and Tyree each collecting a pair of hits. Knoll gave up one run in his three innings of work and recorded the win, with Baker throwing the final two innings for the save.
With the win, the Hammers moved to 10-11 for the season. They will host the same Rockies team tonight at 8:30 at the high school field.