Bulldog baseball falls in regional finals
It was a case of almost for the Baldwin High School baseball team Wednesday night in Class 4A Regional play. The Bulldogs beat Louisburg 5-4 to advance to the tourney finals, but then fell to Santa Fe Trail 12-2 to end the season.
"I am proud of my players regardless of what the outcome was," said coach Brian Ash. "I think most people kind of wrote us off after we started the year 3-7. We stayed positive and had a desire to get better every day and that's exactly what we did ... get better.
"I want to thank my seniors for being such good role models and for their leadership they provided all year long," said Ash. "Most importantly, I want to thank Brian Turk, Andy Hannon, Brian Wendt, Micah Mason and Grant Meisenheimer for being good people."
BHS ran up against standout SFT pitcher Rob Musgrave, who has signed to play baseball for college power Wichita State University, in the championship game. Musgrave held the Bulldogs to four hits, but the two runs were as many as have been scored on him this season, Ash said.
Jeremy Wright, Meisenheimer, Hannon and Ryan Jorgensen had the hits. Wright and Meisenheimer drove in the runs. Jorgensen took the loss on the mound, despite six strikeouts.
The Bulldogs had put together an exciting game against Louisburg to advance to the title game. BHS had trailed 3-0 for most of the game, but tied it at 3-3. Louisburg answered with a run to regain the lead. The Bulldogs tied it with a run in the seventh inning and won it with run in the eighth when Blake Weiden scored on a wild pitch.
"What a fun game to be a part of," Ash said. "I am so proud of my players for believing and never giving in. We played baseball this game. We executed sacrifice bunts, squeeze plays and ran the bases extremely well.
"We gave ourselves a chance to play in the championship game and this is what our goal was all year ... just give us a chance," he said. "Beating Louisburg is always nice and the rivalry will continue for years to come."
Jorgensen went 3-for-4. Wright, Weiden and Mason each had two hits. Mason drove in a pair of runs, while Hannon, Weiden and Wendt each had single RBI. Hannon's hit extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games and he made it 17 in the title contest.
Meisenheimer threw all eight innings, allowing just three earned runs, to pick up the win.
The Bulldogs ended the season with a 14-9 record.