Legion Woes Continue
OSAWATOMIE Things are getting worse for the Baldwin American Legion baseball team.
After struggling to hold opponents in the single digits, the team held Lansing to seven runs in two games, but the offense sputtered, scoring just three runs in the two games. Wednesday the team traveled to Osawatomie for a double header and lost both games to the Raiders, 11-8 and 5-2. To add to the 2-9 woes, team leader Adam Guss is out for the rest of the season with an injured right wrist.
"Things aren't looking too good with our toughest stretch ahead of us this week," said head coach Chris Rose. "The loss of Adam hurts the team, and is a big disappointment to him also. The kids know they have to step up and play extra well for us to win."
This week the team will play three away double headers. Monday against Silver Lake, Wednesday against Ottawa and Saturday against Princeton (Central Heights). All three teams have good high school programs.
Baldwin, which has had all six of its scheduled home games rained out this year, will have to wait until July 6 to have its first home game.
Guss hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the Osawatomie game and taunted the opposing team as he crossed home plate. This sparked Osawatomie's offense and the Raiders scored five in the bottom of the first, and Baldwin played catch up the rest of the game.
"Offensively we played well in game one," said Rose. "But once again we beat ourselves with seven errors."
In his second at bat Guss was hit by a pitch and he gave the pitcher a stare as he jogged to first.
The Osawatomie coach did not like Guss's stare down and replied, "Son that's baseball. You need to deal with it and play."
Guss scored on an error and talked some more at home, and once again the Osawatomie coach had some words for the Baldwin shortstop.
"There was some action going on beside the game," said Rose. "It really took Adam and Jason (Rose) out of the game."
Rose and Guss combined to strike out five times in the first game, but they were also involved in five of the runs scored, by either batting in the runs or scoring them.
In the top of the fourth Guss collided with an Osawatomie base runner, injuring his wrist. In between games he complained his wrist was still bothering him. On Monday the results from an x-ray showed that Guss
In game two Matt Woods pitched well to hold the high powered Osawatomie offense to five runs, but Baldwin's offense could not produce.
The best opportunity squandered by the offense was in the second inning when there were runners at the corners with no outs. The next three Baldwin batters struck out stranding two runners.
In the third inning Rose and Woods had the only two RBIs of the game with two out singles. Baldwin took the lead 2-1 with the two out RBIs.
Osawatomie came right back to score two in the bottom of the third and take a 3-2 lead.
After Baldwin went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, Osawatomie put the game out of reach with two more runs. Once again the team hurt themselves as Woods hit a batter with an 0-2 count and the bases loaded and then he threw a wild pitch to allow the two runs home.
In Baldwin's last at-bat Tyler Inzer led off with an infield hit but was thrown out attempting to steal. Nobody else reached base for Baldwin and the game ended 5-2 in favor of Osawatomie.
"Right now we are thinking too much," said Rose. "The kids need to start having fun or it could get ugly."