Bulldog softball splits with Gardner
The Baldwin High School softball squad traveled to Gardner Thursday to face the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers. The Bulldogs ended the night by splitting the doubleheader.
In the first game, the Trailblazers took the early lead on the Bulldogs and never let the lead out of their hands. The Trailblazers scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Bulldogs didn't respond until the top of the sixth inning. But the Bulldogs did respond with a two-run home run from senior Kalie Harris. Baldwin ended the inning with four runs to bring the Bulldogs within two. But the Trailblazers responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth to win the game by a score of 7-4.
Some leaders in the first game were senior center fielder Kari Garrison, who went 2-for-3 with a single and a double, senior catcher Haydon Hubbel, who went 1-for-3 and had a two run double in the sixth inning, and senior left fielder Angie Bacon, who went 2-for-3 with two singles.
"After a disappointing bottom of the fifth inning, we came back and scored four runs in the top of the sixth to draw it close, which was a positive sign," coach Ginny Honomichl had to say about the first game with the Trailblazers.
The second game went to the Bulldogs, who won the offensive stand-still. Again Gardner-Edgerton got off to an early lead scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. But Baldwin responded in the top of the fourth with two runs. But the Bulldogs' lead wouldn't last long when the Trailblazers answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth. This tied the game up until the top of the seventh, when the Bulldog offense took control of the field. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the top of the seventh and ended the game with an 8-2 win over the Trailblazers.
"This was a very good win for us against a quality Gardner team," said Honomichl. "We did the things we needed to do on both offense and defense to be competitive."
The junior varsity also split with Garder-Edgerton. Thursday's split with Gardner-Edgerton put their overall record at 2-4. The next opponent both Bulldog squads face was to be on Tuesday against Spring Hill at the Baldwin High School softball fields. However, those games were rained out. BHS will play host to Paola Thursday.