Hornets win, lose close games.
Baldwin's Hornets 15-16 baseball teams split close games last week, beating the Lawrence Twins 9-7, falling 10-9 to the Lawrence Royals in 11 innings and topping the Lawrence Devil Rays 11-10 with a rally in the last inning. Baldwin is 6-1 in Holcomb league play.
In the win against the Twins, Grant Meisenheimer, Jay King, Charles Barnes, Daniel Musgrave, Scott Johnson and Dennis Craig had hits, and Ricky Woodbridge belted a solo home run in his first at bat. Meisenheimer and Woodbridge pitched for the Hornets.
The Hornets opened with the early 1-0 lead, thanks to Woodbridge's homer. They added two runs in the third inning on a two-out, two-run triple by Meisenheimer. A four-run fourth put the Hornets in control with runs batted in by Scott Johnson, Dennis Craig and Nick Nelson.
In the extra inning loss to the Royals, Brian Turk, Meisenheimer, and Cal Heinrich each had two hits, and Turk and Heinrich both scored two runs. Baldwin scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 9-7 lead, but eventually lost in the 11th. Wendt, Meisenheimer and Seth Johnson threw for the Hornets.
Hornet coach John Fuller said he was pleased with how the team battled in the later innings.
"The last few innings were a lot of fun for the fans to watch because both teams played so hard," Fuller said. "We let some opportunities slip away early in the game that certainly could have changed the outcome."
In Saturday's win over the Devil Rays, the Hornets were trailing throughout the game, but put a seven-run fifth inning together to get back in the game. Jay King and Turk had the big blows in the inning, both with two-run doubles. Johnson also had an RBI single.
However, the Devil Rays bounced back to again take the lead. The Hornets were trailing 10-9 going into the bottom of the last inning. Turk got on base, was sacrificed to second and scored the tying run on a single by Woodbridge. After Woodbridge stole second, the Hornets had another out and were down to their last batter, first baseman Anthony Myrick. Myrick slapped a single into left to score Woodbridge with the winning run.
Woodbridge picked up the pitching victory, too, throwing a complete seven-inning game. Turk led the offense with a pair of doubles.
The Hornets had a make-up game Monday in Baldwin, but results weren't available by press time, and are back in action on Friday at 6 p.m. in Baldwin against the Lawrence Dodgers.