Baldwin softball bows out early in tournament
The Baldwin 15 and under girls softball team traveled to De Soto Thursday, July 10 to compete in the first round of the Tri-County League tournament. Baldwin drew the No. 1 seed in the bracket and defeated its first round opponent, Gardner 2, by a score of 21-10 after just three innings of play.
In the first inning, Baldwin's offense tallied five hits with a triple by Kristen Ferris, a double from Niki Eberhart and singles from Colby Heckathorne, Emily Krysztof and again Ferris.
The second inning Baldwin got hits from Jamie Voigts, Annie Hannon and Krysztof, combined with several walks, to give them a 15 -10 lead starting the third inning.
Baldwin again piled on more runs from hits by Ashley Ragan, Shelby Roberts and Ferris that helped push runners home and put the game out of reach for Gardner. With the 10 run rule per inning applied the game was officially called in the middle of the third inning.
Shannon Hornberger was the winning pitcher and Heckathorne was called in for the relief.
Baldwin returned to De Soto Friday night to match up against a tough season rival, Eudora 2. As in the previous two matches earlier this summer in league play, the game proved to be another seesaw battle between opponents.
Baldwin started the offensive attack with singles from Voigts and Krysztof, however both were left stranded on base as Baldwin failed to capitalize. Eudora countered with one run in the bottom of first.
In the second inning, neither team managed to score while Baldwin left Annie Hannon stranded after her hit. Baldwin erupted in the third inning scoring four runs from singles off Krysztof, Hannon and Niki Eberhart.
Defensively, Baldwin could not hold Eudora from scoring five runs and entered the fourth inning trailing 6-4. A single hit by Heckathorne and a double by Hannon pushed several walked batters across home plate to move the score to Baldwin's favor, 9-6.
Entering the bottom of the fourth, Eudora managed to squeeze four runners across the plate before time expired to edge by Baldwin 10-9. Heckathorne was the pitcher for Baldwin and took the loss on the evening.
Baldwin would return again to De Soto Saturday morning in this double elimination tournament, to face the Eudora 1 team. Baldwin jumped out offensively in the first inning to lead 3-1 off singles by Heckathorne, Voigts and Hannon.
The second inning was less productive for Baldwin with only two runs scored and hits Eberhart and Voigts. Unfortunately, Eudora managed three runs to cut Baldwin's lead to 5-4.
The third and forth innings turned dry for Baldwin with only one run scoring from hits by Sarah Eberhart and Heckathorne. However, Eudora capitalized on several Baldwin errors and walks to tally seven more runs to finish the game leading 11-6 and eliminate Baldwin from the tournament. Heckathorne was the starting pitcher and took the loss on the mound.
"We really struggled in this tournament without our regular starting pitcher, but the effort that Colby and Shannon gave their team was sensational," said coach Steve Krysztof.
"We have 16 girls on the team this year and they've handled our mass substitutions remarkably well," he said. "I moved several players into a variety of different fielding and batting locations throughout the season and despite me they still managed a winning season at 11-1, which tied them for first place in our league play. My thanks to these players parents and also my assistant coaches, Kim Heckathorne and Martha Eberhart for a fun and successful season."