Bad weekend for Baldwin Skyhawks
McPHERSON It wasn't a good weekend for the Baldwin Skyhawks 16-and-under team here. They started off bad and ended up with an 0-4 record.
In fact, the weekend started out with an expected trip to Emporia, but that tourney didn't pan out so the team headed to McPherson. It only got worse. They were to play at 8 a.m. Saturday, but rain held up play for seven hours.
The Skyhawks finally got on the field at 3 p.m. and wished they hadn't. The Augusta Phillies pounded the Skyhawks 12-0 in a game that lasted only two innings and took just 20 minutes to play. The Phillies scored eight times in the first inning and four more in the second to win by the run rule.
"We stunk," said coach Ginny Honomichl.
In the second game, Baldwin lost 5-2 after taking a 2-1 lead into the final inning. Emily Brown had three hits, including a double. Kayla Pringle had a pair of singles.
"We improved our intensity," said Honomichl. "We just had one 'bad' inning when we allowed four runs in the last inning after we had taken the lead."
In the third game, the Skyhawks were shut out 4-0 by the McPherson Lady Express. That ended pool play and put the Skyhawks into the single-elimination round against the top-seeded team, the Marysville Magic.
Baldwin jumped out 1-0, only to see Marysville tie it up and then take a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Baldwin rallied in the fifth inning with a pair of runs to take the lead back at 3-2. Marysville answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the last inning to take the win 4-3.
"It was a disappointing loss," she said. "It was the best game of the tournament for us and it came against the best team."
Brown and Pringle both had two hits. Kyrstan Hubbel took the loss, her fourth of the tourney.
Next action for the Skyhawks will be at the Flint Hills Wind Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Council Grove.