Baldwin High captures first softball crown
In their first chance to win a Frontier League softball title, the Baldwin High School Bulldogs did what they do best took care of business.
With a doubleheader sweep over Osawatomie Thursday, BHS nailed down the league championship in the first year the Bulldogs were eligible. In last year's inaugural season, BHS couldn't win the title because scheduling problems didn't allow all league teams to be played.
BHS made up for it this year. The Bulldogs cratered Osawatomie Thursday with a pair of shutouts 8-0, followed by a 19-0 waxing. The first game was against Osawatomie pitching standout Satinne Maring, who plays with the Baldwin summer team.
The white-washing of the Trojans was anticlimactic for BHS, which really wrapped up the league crown with a previous doubleheader sweep over Anderson County, which had been unbeaten.
Regardless of all that, the title run was sweet.
"Winning league the first time we're eligible is a pretty good accomplishment," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "When I think back on the league race, it was beating Anderson County twice and beating Satinne in that first game against Osawatomie that I think about.
"The Anderson County wins are what won league for us," said Honomichl.
BHS ended the regular season with a 16-2 overall record and a 15-1 league slate. The reasons for that are many, but Honomichl summed it up best.
"It's just a real focused, business-like group of girls," she said. "They take care of business."
The Bulldogs kept with that plan Monday, too, in the first round of regional action. They topped DeSoto 13-0 in a run-rule shortened game at the WyCo Sports Complex in Kansas City, Kan.
BHS took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and then crushed DeSoto with nine runs in the third frame. Another two runs in the fourth inning put the game away for good.
Katie Martin had three hits, including two triples, and also drove in three runs. Jodie Bacon had a pair of hits, a pair of stolen bases and a pair of RBI. Tarin Troth also had two hits, one a triple, and two RBI.
Kyrstan Hubbel picked up the shutout win to improve her record to 14-2. Hubbel struck out two and walked none.
Next up for BHS is a semifinal game today at 4 p.m. in regional action. The winner of that game goes on to the regional finals at 5:45 p.m. to determine who advances to the Class 4A State Tournament.