Softball splits pair with Cardinals
A sixth-inning rally in the first game made it possible for the Baldwin High School softball team to split its doubleheader against Eudora Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs won the all-important first game 2-1, but lost the second game 11-7 to fall to 4-6 on the season.
"I am really happy to get out of here with a split," coach Ginny Honomichl said. "We also had a split with the junior varsity."
The first game of the team's doubleheaders counts for the Frontier League standings. Baldwin was able to overcome a late deficit to win the opener.
"I still cannot believe we won the first game," Honomichl said. "We hadn't hit the ball very consistently, but we didn't make that many errors. We couldn't string any hits together, but the kids never gave up. We are proud that they didn't give up in what seemed to be a struggle for our bats."
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, freshman Callie Craig scored from third on a wild pitch to tie the game. Then sophomore Mary Clippenger hit an RBI single to score sophomore Kim Gilges to take a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs got out of a jam in the top of the seventh. Eudora had runners on second and third with two outs. Junior Charley Jo Schwartz caught an infield pop-up to end the game.
"The first game went well, but we started off a bit slow," Craig said. "We got people on bases. We just couldn't score. But we finally scored, and it felt great."
Baldwin couldn't carry its momentum into the second game, as it gave up four runs the first inning. But Baldwin answered with three of its own runs in the top of the first.
Eudora continued to pile more runs throughout the game and led 11-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Baldwin was able to score four runs on two outs, but it was too little, too late as it lost 11-7.
"We just fell apart a little," Craig said. "We made some mistakes on defense. Then we came back in the last inning, but it wasn't enough."
Honomichl said the team did a similar thing against Osawatomie last Thursday by trailing early in the second game.
"We did the same thing with Osawatomie," Honomichl said. "We didn't do good with the transition. We had times where we had a few defensive problems in the same inning, and they scored a few runs on it."
Sophomore Annie Hannon said the team had a couple problems during the second game.
"We didn't field very good and we weren't communicating that much," Hannon said.
Honomichl said the team has to do a better job of talking to each other on the field.
"We just need to verbally communicate with each other, and they know that," Honomichl said. "We don't want two or three people around the ball at the same time."
The Bulldogs' next contest is a doubleheader against Gardner-Edgerton at 4:30 p.m. today at home. Then the Bulldogs take part in their first triangular on Tuesday. They will play De Soto and Spring Hill in the second and third games of the night. The first game begins at 4:30 p.m.