Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2004

BHS baseball splits with Eudora

April 22, 2004

The Baldwin High School baseball team took on action at Eudora last week, entering to a still young season. The team split two games with Eudora, winning 8-7 and losing 8-7.

Senior Grant Meisenheimer pitched five innings and only allowed four runs. He also struck out four batters.

"As exciting and entertaining of a game that this was, we, as a pitching staff, need to do a better job of throwing strikes," said head coach Brian Ash.

Senior Brian Turk and sophomore Jeremy Wright, along with senior Andy Hannon, provided the team with offense. Turk had three hits and one run, Wright had two hits and two runs, while Hannon added two runs of his own including a home run.

In game two, the team struggled finding a solid pitcher. Sophomore Cory Wright was the biggest offensive spark the team had, smacking two hits and driving in two runs. The team came up short by one run for the loss.

BHS picked up more action taking its game to Gardner on Thursday. The Dawgs seemed to struggle pitching on the windy day. Between Hannon and sophomore Ryan Jorgensen, they gave up 14 runs on 12 hits. Two of them were home runs.

"Our pitchers left the ball up in the strike zone and a couple of Gardner's players capitalized by driving the ball out of the park," said Ash.

Jeremy Wright and Jorgensen were at the top offensively. Wright had three hits and two runs while Jorgensen added two runs and four hits. Turk had two runs on two hits as well, but his efforts fell short as the team lost 14-7.

BHS recuperated in the second game offensively, but the defense slipped. Turk had one hit and one run on yet another homerun. Junior Scott Johnson had two hits and one run. Freshman Blake Weiden had one run and one hit, with a grand slam.

Jeremy Wright pitched four innings and only allowed three runs, two hits and a homerun. Cory Wright had eight runs scored against him. Between three pitchers, BHS came up with zero strike-outs.

"I was pleased with our offensive effort," said Ash. "But walks, hit batters and poor pitch placement in crucial situations didn't help our cause."

When the Bulldogs were set offensively, the defense seemed to falter.

"I think we were able to score seven or eight runs, that should be enough with the pitching talent we have," said Ash. "Once we decide as a team to stay in the game mentally for seven innings, we will be a tough team to beat."

The teams record moved to 1-5. Tuesday's game against Spring Hill was rained out. Thursday, the Bulldogs will play host to Paola.

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