Bomber’s streak ends
The game time heat index for the Baldwin Bomber's season finale last Wednesday night hovered around 110.
The Baldwin squad had been equally hot over the past three weeks in rolling to eight straight wins, propelling the Bombers back into the race for the Houk-Ice 13-14 year old league crown.
The Bomber's streak was finally snapped as the Lawrence A's scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab a tense 7-6 win over the Baldwin visitors.
Pitching dominated in the early going, as the Bombers managed only a first-inning unearned run without benefit of a hit to lead 1-0 through two innings of play.
Baldwin finally broke through in the third with what would prove to be their only multiple-run inning of the game.
Will Sharp led off the inning with a single and Cory Wright followed with a walk to set the table. Ben Knoll then lined a shot into centerfield driving both runners home while moving to second on the throw home. Matt Bowlin singled Knoll home and the Bombers led 4-0 through three.
Both teams went scoreless in the fourth and, behind another Bowlin run-scoring single in the top of the fifth, the Bombers carried a seemingly solid 5-0 lead into the bottom of the inning.
Although the A's would manage just nine hits total for the game, they bunched together six of them in their half of the fifth and took their first lead at 6-5.
The shell-shocked Bombers came to bat in the sixth needing something positive to change the momentum. They got it as third baseman Kyle Ruona smashed a high fastball well over the left field fence for a solo home run to knot the game at 6-6 entering the final inning of regulation.
Unfortunately the momentum was lost as Baldwin went down quietly in the top of the seventh and was forced to shut down Lawrence to extend the game. In the bottom of the seventh, the A's first two batters went down in order but a walk and a pair of singles eventually gave them the one-run decision.
The Bombers were led in hitting by Ruona's homer and single while Bowlin added a pair of singles and two runs batted in. Daniel Taylor pitched the first three innings and gave up no runs and just two hits while striking out three. Wright went the final four innings, fanning five while allowing four earned runs.
The Bombers successful season included an undefeated preseason tournament run, a top-three league finish and an overall record of 17-5.