Skyhawks fifth in tournament action
The season really started over the weekend for the Baldwin Skyhawks 18-and-under team with a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Open Qualifier at the Johnson County Girls' Athletic Association Complex.
The Skyhawks used Saturday's pool play to get warmed up for Sunday's single-elimination tournament. In pool play, the Skyhawks beat Sting 12-1, but dropped three other close contests, 2-0 to the Xtremes, 2-1 to L.S. Magic and 3-0 to the Express.
In Sunday's tourney action, the Skyhawks opened with a 7-0 shutout over the Roadrunners. That was followed by a 4-3 loss to Kansas City Heat, one of the top-seeded teams in the tourney.
"Since we hadn't played in over two weeks, we used Saturday's games to get ready for Sunday's single-elimination format," said Skyhawk coach Ginny Honomichl. "We did play good ball on Sunday solid defense and timely offense.
"We just played teams who play every weekend and several times during the week in league play," said Honomichl. "However, we are able to hold our own, giving up only 12 runs in six games. We do need to find more offense."
In Sunday's 7-0 shutout, offense was provided by Kari Garrison and Haydon Hubbel who both had doubles; Katie Martin with a triple; Kayla Pringle with a pair of singles; and singles from Kristen Wessel, Jill Dorsey, Satinne Maring and Kyrstan Hubbel. Maring was the winning pitcher, giving up just four hits while striking out four and walking just two.
There was plenty of offense in the Skyhawk's 12-1 win Saturday, too, with 16 hits. Pringle had two singles and a double. Providing two singles apiece were Wessel, Dorsey, Maring, K. Hubbel and Martin. K. Hubbel picked up the pitching win, allowing seven hits.
Next tournament for the Skyhawks will be June 30-July 1 at the Emporia Sunflower Showdown, an ASA tournament.