BHS softball wins battle of Bulldogs
After two low-scoring losses to Paola last week, the Baldwin High School softball team got its bats going against Anderson County Tuesday.
Baldwin swept Anderson County in a doubleheader at home. Both games ended with the run rule in six innings.
"We needed these wins," coach Ginny Honomichl said. "It was within our ability to beat Anderson County, even though they were 5-4. Our offense was pretty good, and our defense was OK, too."
The first game set the tone for the night as Baldwin controlled the match-up and won 11-1.
Junior Courtney Johnson, sophomore Callie Craig and freshman Alex Zordel each scored three runs for Baldwin. Zordel also hit a two-run home run that scored her and Craig.
"Alex Zordel hit another home run and every time she gets up to bat, she crunches the ball," Honomichl said. "She's not going to score unless people get on base ahead of her. I don't think it was good coaching, the kids were just hitting well."
The second game was much the same as Baldwin poured in the runs and played strong defense. Baldwin won the game 15-4.
"We had a few errors, but we stuck with it, kept with it and finished it out," Johnson said. "After the first inning, we kept things rolling."
Zordel led the team with four runs scored, while Johnson and Craig each added three.
Baldwin led 11-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Zordel reached base with a double, before junior Kim Gilges hit her home. Then junior Annie Hannon hit a single, allowing freshman Haley Finucane to hit a two-run single.
Two pitches later, Finucane stole second and kept running, eventually scoring on an error. Finucane's run ended the game and gave Baldwin the sweep.
"It feels awesome," Johnson said. "I am glad we could beat them, because we needed two wins to set us up for Prairie View on Thursday."
Honomichl thought Johnson pitched well in the second game.
"Courtney probably pitched her best game of the year," Honomichl said. "Her rise ball was working and then her inside-out fastball was working. That gives her what she needs, since she is sort of a power pitcher."
Baldwin's offense also made the wins easy for Honomichl to take.
"It helps when you hit the ball as well as we did," Honomichl said. "We kept runners on and kept things going. It's sort of exciting as third base coach to just let them keep running and be aggressive when you have a lead like that."
Baldwin's offense did not perform so well last Thursday at Paola, when the Bulldogs lost 3-1 and 5-1.
"We struggled to even hit the ball in the first game down there," Honomichl said. "In the second game, we had 12 hits, but never strung anything together. That hurts."
Honomichl said BHS had a hard time hitting off the Paola pitcher in the first game.
"They threw their top pitcher at us and we just had trouble hitting off of her," Honomichl said. "We didn't get anything going until the top of the seventh inning."
In the second game, Baldwin again struggled offensively, despite racking up 12 hits. The Bulldogs could never string enough hits together to score many runs.
"We knew they would be tough," Honomichl said. "We wanted to be competitive and I thought we were."
Honomichl said she took a few things away from those games that she hopes will help the team in the future.
"They (Paola) just play spirited ball down there and don't lolly gag around the bases," Honomichl said. "We worked a lot on our outfield Monday and being aggressive when throwing to the bases."
The Bulldogs next play at 4:30 p.m. today at home against Prairie View. It will be a single game, followed by a single game for the junior varsity. Then BHS will at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill in a doubleheader.