Baldwin Hammers split pair
The Baldwin Hammers 13-14 year old baseball team managed a split in its two nail-biting, down-to-the-wire games this past week by knocking off the Lawrence Yankees 11-10 last Monday night in Baldwin City.
As has often been the case this year, the Hammers fell behind early and trailed 5-0 as they came to bat in the third inning. Baldwin posted two runs that inning, then dropped an eight-run bomb on the visitors in the fourth for a 10-5 lead. After a scoreless fifth inning for both teams, the Yankees came up with five runs in the top half of the sixth to tie the contest. Fittingly for the wild game, Baldwin was then able to turn walks by Justin Jones and Robert Floersch and a misplayed ground ball hit by Brett Schulte into the winning run.
Baldwin coaxed 10 walks from the Yankee pitchers and added a double by Jones, and singles by Ricky Baker, Will Sharp and Michael Tyree. Ben Knoll took the win on the mound, with Dylan Hay pitching the final two innings for the save.
The Hammers then went on the road for a Thursday night outing with the Lawrence Rockies. The Baldwin bats sprayed balls all over the field but the Rockies excellent defense kept the Hammers scoreless through six innings. Meanwhile, the home club scored six runs of its own and held a 6-0 lead after six.
The Baldwin hitters finally broke through by scoring five runs, with a runner on third representing the tying run. The game ended in controversy, however, when the next Baldwin batter was called out on strikes, despite the official scorekeeper and crowd all knowing that there were only two strikes at the time. A discussion with the umpires did not change the ruling and the final score of 6-5 stood. Baldwin was led by Hay who had two singles and also pitched well in relief.
The loss dropped the Hammers' record to 8-9. Their next game is a Wednesday night matchup with the Lawrence Cardinals in Baldwin City.