Bombers drop pair of games
Like many area ball teams, the Baldwin Bombers' season has been heavily affected by the recent rain that has soaked this part of the state, with three games in a row being canceled due to wet fields. When play finally resumed, the short-handed Baldwin club found itself weathering storms of its own as they dropped a pair of games to two Lawrence foes.
Their first outing of the week was a Wednesday night match up against the Lawrence Diamondbacks. A leadoff walk to Brad Wendt and a single by Daniel Taylor led to a run in the top of the first inning, and this 1-0 lead held through the third. The Bombers then scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning behind a single by Cory Wright and a double by Matt Bowlin. The D'Backs countered in their half of the inning with two runs of their own and Baldwin held on to a slim 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, the Bombers would not score again while Lawrence would add single runs in the sixth and seventh for the hard-earned 4-3 win.
Leading the Baldwin hitters were Wright with his single and double and Nick Lanoue with two singles. Wright also pitched the first three innings of the game, striking out five and giving up no runs.
The lack of run production again plagued the Bombers in their game with the Lawrence A's Friday night in Lawrence. While Wright was able to shut down the A's bats completely through the first four innings (no hits or runs and 10 strikeouts), the Bombers were unable to build much of a lead as they scored just one run themselves and led 1-0 through four innings. Baldwin would eventually score just two more runs while the A's would score eight of their own in the last three innings against two other Bomber pitchers to win the game 8-3.
Bowlin, Alex Beecher and Tanner Taul all had singles for the Bombers in the loss, which dropped Baldwin's record to 5-2. They are scheduled to play the Lawrence Mets tonight in Lawrence.