Baldwin team earns first-place tie
The Baldwin 15-and-under girls softball team completed its regular season Monday night by defeating Wellsville 9-0.
Baldwin's solid defense kept Wellsville scoreless along with the pitching of Megan Burton who struck out 10 batters and allowed only three hits in the game. Baldwin's offensive attack was also limited to just three hits from Jamie Voigts, Brandi Nichols and Niki Eberhart. Baldwin managed to capitalize on several walks that allowed many unearned runs.
Baldwin finished the regular season tied for first place with an 11-1 record. Next up for Baldwin will be the end of season tournament hosted in Desoto this weekend.
On Wednesday the team played a home game against the Eudora 2 team and won 11-2. Baldwin was slow to get started after going the first three innings scoreless while only producing one hit from Annie Hannon. Baldwin's offense finally got rolling in the fourth inning when eight runs were scored from a single by Colby Heckathorne and doubles from Shannon Hornberger, Hannon and Sarah Eberhart. In the bottom of the sixth inning Baldwin added three more insurance runs with singles from Burton and Eberhart. Burton was the winning pitcher with four strike outs and allowing only three hits .
"Our defense looked much better. Amanda Helm spearheaded a double play after catching a line drive at second and snapping it to first, that was fun to watch," said coach Steve Krysztof.
The team rallied back on July 1 in Baldwin to beat the Desoto 2 team 12-10. Baldwin jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning with a flurry of hits, including singles from Kristen Ferris, Burton and Hannon, a double from Emily Krysztof and a triple from Voigts. The Baldwin girls held Desoto scoreless through the second inning while continuing to hammer the ball offensively.Heckathorne popped a single, Krysztof drove her second double of the night and Voigts ripped one deep to the right field corner for an inside the park home run. Baldwin led 9-4 starting the sixth inning only to watch its lead slip away. The intensity escalated when a DeSoto player was called out at home for ramming into the Baldwin catcher, followed by the ejection of the DeSoto head coach for his reaction to the call. When the dust finally settled in the middle of the sixth, DeSoto led 10-9 with time running low. Baldwin came up for their last at bat and got Amanda Helm on base with a walk, followed by a stolen second base on an error. Voigts came to the plate with one out and smashed a double to score Helm and tie the game. Shannon Hornberger drove a hard single to score Voigts and through a combination of fielders choice and errors by Desoto also managed to score pulling off the win. Burton was the winning pitcher for Baldwin striking out nine batters.
The team traveled to Eudora June 30 to play the Eudora 2 team. Baldwin emerged victorious 7-4. Both teams awoke in the fourth inning as Baldwin scored three runs from singles by Brittany Tomlinson, Voigts and Heckathorne and a double by Hornberger. Eudora managed two runs in the fourth and one again in the fifth to tie the game at three all starting the sixth. Heckathorne hit a single then later scored while Eudora went scoreless. Leading 4-3 in the seventh and final inning, Baldwin added three more runs from hits by Krysztof and Voigts to finish off the game. Burton was the winning pitcher for Baldwin, striking out six batters and allowing only four hits.