Bulldogs winning streak halted
After a four-game winning streak, the Baldwin High School baseball team dropped its doubleheader against Spring Hill at home on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs fell too far behind in both games as they lost 11-4 and 12-2.
"Overall, it didn't go according to plan," head coach Joe Serna said. "Spring Hill is a good team. Even though we are a good hitting team, if we don't swing the bat, then we are going to struggle. That's exactly what happened tonight. We just got complacent and didn't swing the bat like we are supposed to."
In the first game of the night, Baldwin fell behind early to Spring Hill and tried to rally back, but it was too late.
"We didn't show up until the fifth inning," Serna said. "We didn't score four runs until the fifth inning, and it was too late by then. Against a team like Spring Hill, it's going to be difficult to come back to win."
The second game of the twinbill was similar to the first. The Bulldogs fell behind 6-0 after the first two innings, and trailed 12-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Junior Troy Gilges hit a two-run home run over the center field wall to break up the shutout. The Bulldogs' next two batters got out to end the game.
"We still didn't show up," Serna said. "They put 12 on the board and we finally got two at the end with that home run by Troy Gilges to break the shutout. I am proud of that."
Before Tuesday's game, the Bulldogs had won five of their last six games, including a four-game winning streak.
After the Bulldogs beat Paola on April 14, they went on to beat Anderson County twice and Prairie View once the next week.
"We got on a four-game hot streak there," Serna said. "We found good team chemistry. We were swinging the bat and we were more enthusiastic coming to the ballpark every day for practice. Winning is contagious, but we lost that tonight."
The Bulldogs beat Anderson County 24-10 and 7-3, and then beat Prairie View 16-3.
"Nothing against Prairie View, but when a pitcher puts the ball in the zone and we're capable of swinging the bat like we are, then we are going to do some damage," he said. "We came out fired up and swinging the bat and scoring runs."
The Bulldogs' next doubleheader is at 4:30 p.m. today at Louisburg. Then they play at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home against Gardner-Edgerton.