Young Skyhawks struggle at state tourney
The 16-and-under Baldwin Skyhawks went into the USSSA State Tournament in Emporia with some momentum from their first tournament championship of the summer, but they were only able to win one of four games that they played.
In the first game of pool play on Saturday the Skyhawks faced the Hutchinson Slicers. The Skyhawks scored in their first three at bats and after the third inning were up 4-3. In the sixth, the Slicers tied up the score and the teams went into extra innings. The international tie breaker was used and the Slicers scored the runner that started on second in their half of the tie-breaker inning, but the Skyhawks failed to score and lost the game 5-4.
In game two of pool play the ladies faced the McPherson Express. Angie Bacon and Kayla Pringle had the Skyhawk's only hits as the Express pounded the Hawks 13-0.
On Sunday the single-elimination tournament began and the Skyhawks once again faced off against the McPherson Express. Kyrstan Hubbel, who surrendered 13 runs to McPherson the previous day, shut out the Express and allowed one hit and struck out six. The Skyhawks scored a total of seven runs in the first two innings and went on to win 8-0. Jodie Bacon and Kari Garrison each had two hits for the Hawks.
In the second game on Sunday the Skyhawks had an opportunity to avenge their 5-4 loss to the Hutchinson Slicers in pool play. The Slicers thought differently, as they scored seven in the bottom of the first, and the Skyhawks were unable to recover from the big first inning and lost 10-6. Emily Brown had a triple and Garrison had two singles to lead the team in offense. Hubbel and the Skyhawks ended the weekend with a 1-3 record.
The next tournament for the 16-and-under Skyhawks will be this weekend in Colby. They will be competing in the ASA State Tournament.