BHS baseball season comes to an end
The season came to an end abruptly for the Baldwin High School baseball team Monday night in Class 4A Regional play at Ottawa.
In the first round of regionals, the Bulldogs faced 4A rival, the Ottawa Cyclones. Earlier in the season, the teams split the opening double-header. The Cyclones jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first two innings, but the Bulldogs captured the lead in the third, 2-1. In the top of the sixth, BHS held a steady 5-2 lead, but Ottawa's bats came alive, scoring six runs. The Bulldogs had one last chance to advance to the second round, but a scoreless seventh inning sent them home.
"We played an excellent game tonight. Our seniors stepped up big for us tonight and kept us in the game. We were five outs away of securing a first-round win, but bloop hits and seeing eye singles allowed Ottawa to overcame a 5-2 deficit and take a 8-5 win," said coach Brian Ash.
B.T. Turk went 2-for-4 with a run and Cal Heinrich went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and triple. Ryne Jackson was the losing pitcher with three strike outs and two walks, allowing nine hits and eight runs.
"Our seniors were great. Ryne pitched extremely well again, and kept us right in the game," said Turk. "Our bats finally came alive and we competed. It was just a few weak, fluke hits that kept us from advancing."
On a positive note for the future, the team has many underclassmen that gained valuable varsity experience, including freshmen Ryan Jorgensen, Jeremy Wright, Aaron Hannon and Cory Wright.
"We had four freshmen that gained valuable varsity experience that should help for the future," Ash said.
Last week proved to be a busy one for the Bulldog baseball team. Along with their regular Tuesday and Thursday games against Osawatomie and Anderson County, the Bulldogs also had to squeeze in a rain out game against Paola on Wednesday as they closed with a 6-11 overall record in their second year of existence as a baseball program.
Senior leadership was key in the 7-4 victory over the Trojans in game one. Jackson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, and he was productive from the mound as he recorded the save. Heinrich also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a home run. Ricky Woodbridge also pulled through and went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Junior Grant Meisenheimer was the winning pitcher.
The Bulldogs dropped the second game 9-2. Junior Andy Hannon went 2-for-3, Turk went 2-for-4 and Heinrich went 2-for-3 with one run, one RBI and one home run.
In the Paola make-up game, J. Wright led the Bulldog
offense going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Hannon went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Jackson went 2-for-3 with a run, Woodbridge went 2-for-2, senior Charles Barnes went 1-for-2 and Turk went 1-for-3 with a double. Hannon was awarded the winning pitcher with 10 innings pitched, five strike outs and giving up 11 hits with
seven runs. The Bulldogs won 8-7 in the 10th inning.
The next day, BHS took on the Anderson County Bulldogs in a test for the title of the real Bulldogs. The first game was taken by the Bulldogs of Baldwin 2-1. Jackson was the winning pitcher, giving up only three hits and one run. He also recorded 11 strikeouts. That gave Baldwin the league game. Wright went 2-for-4 with a double, Woodbridge was 1-for-3 with a dinger and Meisenheimer went 1-for-3 with the game winning double.
The second match-up was won by Anderson County 7-4. Wright went 2-for-4, Hannon 1-for-4 with a run, Woodbridge 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI, and he was also the losing pitcher.
That week put the Bulldogs at 6-10 heading into post season play.
"This season was filled with many heart breaking losses and exciting come from behind wins. This year's team was challenged by the opposing team's number one and two pitchers all season. We were looked on as a team that had very potent weapons in our offense. We did not come up with the clutch hits we needed to win some of the closer games but all in all I think our kids competed well night in and night out," said Ash. "I am very proud of my seniors this season. They have set a high standard on what it takes to be a leader and a winner."