Bombers come up too short
Despite mounting furious comebacks in each of their last two games, the Baldwin Bombers' slow starts in both contests proved too much to overcome as they lost to the Baldwin Bulldogs by a 13-12 count, then dropped a 10-8 decision to the visiting Lawrence Diamondbacks to complete their week.
The Bulldogs game was the first match-up of the season between the two Baldwin entries in the Lawrence Houk-Ice league. The Bombers quickly found themselves down 2-0 heading to the bottom of the first inning and, despite a lead-off triple by Will Sharp, couldn't push across any runs in their half of the inning. The deficit would later balloon to 13-4 through four innings as sloppy play in the field and quiet bats put the Bombers in a deep hole.
The Bombers finally got untracked in the fifth behind singles by Sharp and Josh Rommelfanger and run-scoring doubles by Matt Bowlin and Ben Knoll, and the lead was cut to 13-9. Another pair of runs were added in the sixth with a single run in the eighth accounting for the final 13-12 count as the rally fell just short.
Players with multi-hit games included Sharp with his single and double, Taylor Ausherman with a pair of singles and four runs batted in, Knoll with a double and a triple, Bowlin with two doubles, and Rommelfanger with two singles.
The Bombers next faced the visiting D'Backs from Lawrence, and the situation looked all too familiar as the Baldwin club once again fell behind early and eventually was down 7-2 after five innings. The Bombers had just three hits to this point and twice went down with the bases loaded. They came alive in the sixth as Bowlin led off with a single and was followed by Cory Wright with a double and singles by Brad Wright and Dylan Hay, and the Bombers suddenly trailed by a count of 7-6. Unfortunately the Lawrence club would add another three runs in the seventh and the Bombers could only score one more time in their last at bat and the D'Backs came away with the 10-8 win.
Bowlin collected three of the Bombers' nine hits with two singles and a double, while Wright had the only other extra base hit.
The pair of losses dropped the Bombers' record to 8-4 on the season. Their next game is a 6 match up with the Lawrence Mets tonight in Lawrence.