Baldwin Hammers nail White Sox
After a week of rain-outs the Baldwin Hammer 13-14 year old baseball team returned to action with three games, highlighted by a big win over the division-leading Lawrence White Sox.
The Sox entered the game as preseason tourney champs and were unbeaten in the regular season. The Lawrence visitors struck first and grabbed an 8-0 lead after three and one-half innings. After mustering just one hit through the first three frames, Baldwin got back in the game with a five run fourth. Ricky Baker's double and singles by Michael Tyree and Ben Knoll fueled the rally. After adding another pair of runs in the fifth to pull within one, Baldwin erupted for another five runs in the sixth behind key hits by Matt Bowlin and Justin Jones and took a 12-8 lead. Dylan Hay helped the Baldwin cause by pitching two scoreless innings for the win, and solid defense in the final inning enabled the Hammers to come away with the thrilling 12-11 victory. Tyree and Knoll, each with a pair of singles, led the Baldwin hitting attack.
The Baldwin bats continued to sizzle in their next contest, a road game against the Lawrence Tigers. Behind a season high 14 hits, the Hammers defeated the Tigers by a 14-8 count. Despite collecting six walks and rapping out seven hits, the Baldwin club actually trailed 8-6 through three innings. After giving up three runs in the third inning, hurler Ben Knoll shut out the Tigers over the final three innings and the Hammer hitters then took over. Leading the hit parade was Brett Schulte, with a double and two singles, and Robert Floersch, who smashed a towering solo home run and a single. Matt Bowlin and Michael Tyree both added a pair of singles for the winners. Center fielder Ricky Baker was cited for his outstanding defensive game, which included a running over-the-shoulder catch just short of the fence.
The Hammers started the week with a rematch with the Baldwin Hornets. Although down just 3-1 through three innings, the Hammers eventually lost by a score of 12-4. Ricky Baker led the Hammers with a triple and a single, while Robert Floersch added a triple.
The 2-1 week helped the Hammers even their season record at 6-6. League action continues with a road contest against the Lawrence Cardinals.