Bulldogs end season in first-round action
Despite hitting the ball and reaching base, the Baldwin High School softball team was unable to score any runs in its regional loss to Spring Hill Monday night.
"We didn't string enough of our hits together," coach Ginny Honomichl said. "We stranded way too many runners, and never got enough timely hits when we had runners on base. They are a better team than we are and they were more aggressive than we were."
The Bulldogs fell 4-0 in the first round of regionals to end their season with a record of 7-14.
"Since it was the last game, it was sad," senior Katie Krysztof said. "We couldn't seem to string anything together. But it was a good effort by the team. Next year's team has a lot of potential."
Baldwin was able to get on base in the first inning with a double from freshman Callie Craig, but the next batter ended the inning.
Spring Hill scored one run in the bottom of the first on a throwing error to third base.
The Bulldogs had a chance in the second inning with runners on second and third. But again the third out came before runs could be scored.
Junior Charley Jo Schwartz made a diving catch that turned into a double play in the bottom of the second inning.
In the third inning, Spring Hill added two runs to take a 3-0 lead. Then again in the fifth, the Broncos scored one more to make it 4-0.
During the final two innings, Baldwin got runners on base, but was never able to string enough consecutive hits to score.
"We had some of our better hitters up, and they didn't come through," Honomichl said. "We had to take advantage when we got people on base and we didn't. We didn't fall apart defensively or offensively."
Honomichl said the Bulldogs' defense wasn't much of a problem.
"If they could have told us how deep to put our left fielder, it would have been helpful," Honomichl said. "But they didn't let us know any of that. Other than that, we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot at all. We had some good defensively plays."
Honomichl also said the pitching didn't hurt the team either.
"I though Callie pitched a real strong game," Honomichl said. "She didn't walk anybody or hit anybody, so she didn't hurt us."
The Bulldogs only graduate one senior, Krysztof, so the future looks promising for the young Bulldogs.
"Katie Krysztof said in the huddle that lack of experience will not be an issue next year," Honomichl said.
Krysztof said the game made her realize her high school days are close to being over.
"It made me realize things are coming to an end," Krysztof said. "School is almost over. I have always used sports to look to the future, but those days are over now."
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