BHS softball falls in title game
When the Baldwin High School Bulldog softball team jumped out to a three-run lead in the third inning of Wednesday's Regional Championship game, things were looking bright.
"I think we were a little surprised because she (Megan Ramsey) is such a good pitcher," said junior Kari Garrison. "It gave us a really good start and I think we all thought that we had a chance to win."
Ramsey struck out 18 batters in Ottawa's first-round game and nine in the semifinal.
"She's a good pitcher and a good hitter," said BHS coach Ginny Honomichl. "She's a good player, but she didn't stop us. We just made some costly errors. In a game like that, three runs can be enough to win it."
Ottawa regrouped and with the help of several Baldwin errors, the Cyclones knotted it all up with three of their own in the fourth, and then pushed in front with four more in the fifth to take a 7-3 victory.
"It was disappointing because we didn't make the routine plays we've worked on all season," said junior Mandi Daigh.
Daigh hit a bases-loaded double that scored all three Bulldog runs in the third.
After the Baldwin's three runs in the third, Ramsey buckled down on the Bulldogs and didn't give up any more runs the rest of the game.
In Baldwin's semifinal game, the Bulldog's bats were hot. They scored 10 runs on 13 hits. Junior Kari Garrison went 3-for-4 and senior Kayla Pringle, Daigh and junior Lauren Gilges all went 2-for-3. The Bulldogs poured it on heavily in the second inning when they scored eight of their 10 runs. Senior Kasey Pittenger was the winning pitcher in the Bulldog's 10-5 victory.
With this year being the fourth year for BHS softball, it marked the first time any player has been able to play all four years.
"Kayla (Pringle) and Anna (Skaggs) were three-year starters four us and Katie (Martin) has started all four years for us," said Honomichl. "They sort of are the program. Kasey (Pittenger) pitched well for us and Jenny (Gilges) stepped in and pinch hit well this year. Four of them are going on to play college softball and Anna is going to play basketball at Baker. We haven't had a losing season with them."
BHS put together another winning season this year with a final record of 14-6.