Baldwin Hammers thump Rockies
The Baldwin Hammers 13-14 year old baseball team thumped the Lawrence Rockies by a 12-4 count to help salvage the week for the young club. Played on Baldwin's home field, the game was the third between the teams, with each squad notching one win in previous games.
After a scoreless first at bat by the visitors, the Hammers managed to push across three runs in their half of the inning with the big blow being Matt Bowlin's triple. The Rockies got their first run in the second and Baldwin went down quietly for a 3-1 lead after two complete.
The Rockies then made things interesting by bunching their only three hits of the night to take a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the third. The lead proved short-lived, however, as Baldwin came back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame behind hits from Ben Knoll and Will Sharp to again lead 6-4. The Hammers would not lose this lead and, after cracking another seven hits, they won the run-rule shortened contest going away.
The Baldwin hitting attack was led by Bowlin with a triple and single and Knoll with two singles and three runs batted in. Knoll took the win on the mound with Ricky Baker posting the save with three shutout innings of work.
The Hammers actually began their week with a road game against the Lawrence Athletics. Playing one of the top teams in the league, Baldwin was only able to field eight players for the contest. Despite this disadvantage, the Hammers played this one tough to the end, but finally went down 8-6.
The Hammer hitting star for the game was Baker who had three hits, a walk and scored three runs. Baker also went the distance on the mound and pitched solidly despite having only two outfielders to back him up.
The week ended with the season's final matchup with the Lawrence Mets. The teams had split their previous two meetings but, on the strength of two big innings, the Lawrence club won the rubber game 15-5.
The game started well for the Hammers as they grabbed a quick 3-0 lead after one inning, keyed by hits from Bowlin and Sharp. The Mets retook the lead in the second by scoring eight runs, only two of them earned, and then put the game away for good with a seven-run fifth.
Bowlin led the Hammer hitters with two singles and three runs batted in. Baker added a single and two walks and scored three runs. The loss drops Baldwin's overall record to 11-14, with the final week of play to go.