BHS baseball sweeps Wellsville
Senior night was a success for the Baldwin High School baseball team as it swept its doubleheader against Wellsville Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs beat the Eagles 11-10 in extra innings in the first game, then run-ruled them 11-1 in the second game. The Bulldogs are 7-12 on the season.
"It was a total team effort," coach Joe Serna said. "If you let Wellsville stay in the ball game with you, they will stay in it with you. They make you earn everything you get. We played great tonight."
Baldwin honored six seniors Tuesday night, as it was their final home game as Bulldogs. Seniors Ricky Baker, Matt Bowlin, Travis Barnes, Jon Kaleugher, Dylan Hay and Scott Johnson were honored with their parents before the start of the first game.
The Bulldogs grabbed a lead in the first game, but allowed Wellsville to tie the game 10-10 late in the game. But Baldwin ended the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Junior Daniel Taylor hit a blooping single into the outfield, allowing junior Matt Kretzschmer to score the winning run from second base. The Bulldogs won the game 11-10 in nine innings.
Serna said the team added some new plays for the game, which were effective in the win.
"We put in some new offensive plays and had a chance to execute those," Serna said. "They picked up on those real well. That's one of those games where it's a dogfight until the end. Daniel Taylor had a good hit to win the game. It takes a total team effort to win in the Frontier League and we had that tonight."
Baker scored three runs, while Taylor and junior Cory Wright each added two runs for the Bulldogs.
Bowlin said the game should have ended in seven innings, but the win was still positive.
"I don't think we should have to go extra innings to win it, but it felt good," Bowlin said.
The second game saw the Bulldogs jump out to a lead and keep building on it. Baldwin finished the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as it run-ruled Wellsville 11-1.
"It feels good to be ahead and win big," Bowlin said. "It's nice."
Serna said the team was told between games that it must keep playing well and taking it to Wellsville, and that's exactly what it did.
"We just put it on them some more, and had some hits with two outs and runners in scoring position," Serna said.
Johnson and junior Ryan Jorgensen each scored two runs for the Bulldogs.
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to Eudora only to find another defeat. Baldwin led the game until the fifth inning when Eudora took the lead. Eudora never looked back as it won 9-7.
"We didn't hit the ball very well," Johnson said.
Serna said the sweep Tuesday was good for morale and momentum heading into regionals.
"It's always special to get a sweep, especially at home," Serna said. "It's also nice to win two in a row to get some momentum going into regionals. The guys are looking forward to regional and are ready to play."
The Bulldogs play in the first-round of regionals on Monday at Louisburg. Their game time and opponent weren't available at press time.