BHS softball wins opening games
It was a successful opening day for the Baldwin High School softball team, as it defeated Wellsville 5-1 and 4-0 at home on Tuesday to start the season 2-0.
Head coach Ginny Honomichl said the night was better than she expected.
"It went probably better than I thought it was going to," Honomichl said. "We didn't have the normal amount of preparation with spring break and bad weather. We've only got one senior, so a lot of younger kids stepped up."
Senior Katie Krysztof said the team was a little nervous prior to the first game.
"In the first game, we were kind of nervous," Krysztof said. "We were all kind of worried about how it was going to go. But we got in the rhythm of it and carried it through to the second game."
In the first game, Baldwin took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Sophomore Kim Gilges got on second because of a pitcher's error. Gilges then stole third base and scored the first run on a wild pitch.
But, Wellsville came back to tie the game in the top of the third at 1-1. The Bulldogs would answer once again to take a 5-1 lead.
Freshman Jamie Voights scored first on a wild pitch. Krysztof was next to score on an RBI double from freshman Callie Craig. Sophomore Annie Hannon drove in Craig and her sister, Amy Craig, to score the final two runs.
"Considering it felt like we had one practice in the last 10 days, it was pretty exciting to come away with two wins," Krysztof said. "We have a lot of improving to do, but this is a great start."
Baldwin maintained its 5-1 lead and finished off Wellsville in the first game.
"We came out well," Callie Craig said. "I thought we played strong and did good."
Callie Craig set the tone for the second game with her pitching. Craig struck the first two batters out, and continued striking the rest out. Craig finished the second game with 13 strikeouts.
"The umpire in the first game said she (Craig) was hitting her pitches and locations, and not trying to over power anything," Honomichl said of Craig's pitching. "As the game went on, she started popping them in. She had to have been tired in the end, but we kept her in."
The Bulldogs once again jumped out to an early lead on Wellsville and hung on to win.
"In the second game, we stranded too many runners," Honomichl said.
Krysztof started the first inning off with a single, but later stole second and third bases. She scored on a wild throw from Wellsville. Amy Craig and Callie Craig also scored during the inning to give Baldwin a 3-0 lead.
Krysztof scored the final run for Baldwin in the same manner she scored the first. She hit a single, then stole second and third bases and scored on a wild pitch.
"We started to get a little down and lost a little energy, but we hung on and it was fun," Krysztof said of the second game.
Callie Craig said the opening games were a success for the team, and the fan support helped.
"We did really well and had a lot of fans. That was good," Craig said. "I was very pleased with the result."
The Bulldogs were unable to practice much last week during spring break because of cold weather and rain. Krysztof said the lack of practice didn't hurt the team, just hindered its improvement.
"It didn't necessarily hurt us, it just didn't give us any time to keep improving," Krysztof said. "I'm proud of the girls. We came out and had fun."
The junior varsity team was also successful Tuesday night. It won the first game 12-2 after five innings and the second game 19-9 after six innings.
Sophomore Emily Krysztof scored five runs between the two games. Junior Kara Lang scored three runs in the second game. Sophomore Megan Burton pitched both games for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs next game is at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Paola.