Weather cramps BHS softball action
Not only have the recent storms been wreaking havoc on tornado damaged areas of eastern Kansas and Missouri, they have also been messing with the Baldwin High School softball team's schedule.
"I'm so mad," said junior Angie Bacon. "It's a pain to have to reschedule the games because it's getting towards the end of the year and we have all kinds of tests and stuff."
Last week, the Bulldogs had doubleheaders scheduled against both Wellsville and Prairie View, but both were rained out. There was also supposed to be a single game played against Marysville on Saturday but that game was also rained out. Tuesday's game was rescheduled, and played on Friday.
In game one, the Bulldogs combined good hitting and pitching to pull out a 7-1 victory. Junior Mandi Daigh led the offensive attack, going 2-for-3, with a home run and two runs scored. Seniors Katie Martin and Kayla Pringle also had two hits and two runs scored.
Senior Kasey Pittenger struck out three, gave up five hits and one earned run in five innings of work.
"I thought my pitching could have been a little better," said Pittenger, "but as a team our defense was awesome in the first game."
In the second game, Wellsville got on the board early with four runs in the top of the first, but Daigh came through again with a bases loaded double in the third that tied the game at 4-4.
The Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the fifth but Wellsville tied it at seven in the top of the sixth. Junior Kari Garrison came through with a game-winning single in the sixth that scored Martin.
Martin, also pitched six innings of relief, striking out four and giving up three earned runs.
As for the rest of the season's schedule, the Bulldogs had a double-header Tuesday against Osawatomie, but results weren't available by press time. On Thursday, they conclude the regular season when they travel to Anderson County to make up another game that had been previously rained out.
"We still are doing pretty good," said coach Ginny Honomichl. "We've only got two teams that we can't reschedule and those are Prairie View and Marysville. That just puts us three games behind."
Next week the team moves on to the Regional Tournament in Osawatomie. The winner of that moves on to the State Tournament in Mulvane.
"I think we have a decent shot at going to state," said junior Lauren Gilges. "As long as we keep playing well like we have been."