Bulldogs bite Indians to keep record at .500
It was a tale of two games for the Baldwin High School softball team during its doubleheader against Hays on Friday.
The Bulldogs played host to Hays and split the doubleheader to bring their record to 3-3 on the season.
"I think we could have hit the ball better," sophomore Courtney Johnson said. "It was my first time coming back into a varsity game. If we could have played like we did in the second game, we could have won the first game."
Baldwin fell behind in the first game and was never able to get its bats going as it lost 7-0.
"We weren't focused and we didn't play well at all," coach Ginny Honomichl said. "From the get-go, we just never had good intensity or focus. We just struggled."
Junior Charley Jo Schwartz said the team played a little timid the first game, because it's had little success against Hays in the past.
"The first game didn't go so well, because we had been beaten by them so many times before, we kind of just gave up before it even started," Schwartz said. "We were too scared to play."
Honomichl said the team talked after the first game about trying to get out of the doubleheader with at least one win.
"We thought let's at least get out of here with a split," Honomichl said. "With Hays, we usually lose both games. It was nice to know we could at least get out of here with a split, plus it would keep our record at .500, too. We sort of switched the batting line-up a bit, and it seemed to work. It didn't surprise me with Baldwin girls, because they know how to work and never give up."
The Bulldogs started the second game with a big first inning. They tallied five runs during the first inning, and held on to a 5-0 lead for a few innings.
Hays tried to rally with a couple runs, but Baldwin closed the door and won the game 7-3.
"It started off with us doing really well in the first inning," Johnson said. "It started off with us hitting and, once we got up, we carried the momentum through the game."
Schwartz said the team changed its attitude between games.
"We just decided we had nothing to lose," Schwartz said. "We just went out and played and had fun. We got some hits going and things were just going for us the second game."
Schwartz also said the team improved its batting since the Paola games.
"Our batting got a little stronger than it was," Schwartz said. "We got a few more bunts down and we didn't quite lose our heads like we did in the Paola games."
The Bulldogs next play a doubleheader against Osawatomie at 4:30 p.m. today at home. Then they will play host to Eudora for a make-up game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.