Offensive woes hurt BHS
One bad throw to first base and lack of hits led to the Baldwin High School softball team's season ending May 17.
In a game where pitchers dominated, the Bulldogs committed one error and lost 2-0 to Spring Hill in the semifinal round of regionals.
"The game was going to be decided by one of the two teams committing an error," coach Ginny Honomichl said. "We, unfortunately, committed a throwing error with two of their runners on base. We over threw our first baseman, the ball went down the right field line and they scored two. That was it."
The two runs didn't kill the Bulldogs' spirit, as they still thought they could rally to win.
"It wasn't something we didn't think we could recover from," Honomichl said. "We still had three more innings to score at least two runs. We just didn't do that in the next three innings."
Freshman Haley Finucane was sad to see the season end last week.
"Oh, it was really sad, because I knew the seniors really wanted to win so they could go to state their last year," Finucane said. "It was sad to watch them be done."
Honomichl said the Bulldogs had chances to score early, but failed.
"We played really competitively, but we took second in the game to Spring Hill," Honomichl said. "We had six hits and our two best innings to score were the first two."
Baldwin sent sophomore Callie Craig to the mound against the Broncos. Craig struck out nine batters, walked none and only gave up seven hits.
"Callie Craig pitched an outstanding game," Honomichl said. "She had a good performance with giving up no walks."
But the Bulldogs provided no offense to back up Craig. Baldwin only managed to rack up six hits, two of which belonged to sophomore Jamie Voigts.
"She was our hitting highlight," Honomichl said of Voigts "She was our lead-off batter."
Honomichl said the Bulldogs hit the ball hard, but the Broncos defense was too good.
"We had good hits, but they were fielded well," Honomichl said. "Kim Gilges had probably a double taken away from her with a diving catch in left field. We hit the ball hard, but they play good defense."
She also said opportunities to score were lost.
"You're not going to win any game if you don't score a run," Honomichl said. "In softball, it only takes one little thing to capitalize on or you've really lost your chance."
The Bulldogs liked their chances in the regional final, if they could have beat Spring Hill.
"It's disappointing to lose, because Louisburg won the other half of the semifinal," Honomichl said. "We had beat them (Louisburg) earlier in the year 3-0. We felt good about our chances in that game, but we didn't get past Spring Hill."
Despite the loss, Honomichl said her pregame wishes were answered.
"I told them before hand that my prayers were that we played well and no one got hurt," Honomichl said. "Both of those things were answered."
BHS finished the season 11-8 after starting 5-5. Both players and coaches thought he season was successful.
"Considering that we ended up 11-8, I thought it was a really good season," Honomichl said. "At one time we were 5-5, but then we got on a roll and ended up 10-5. Then we ran into Ottawa."
Finucane also enjoyed the season.
"I think it went really well," Finucane said of the season. "Our record was pretty good and everyone had a lot of fun."
The team made some changes during the season that helped collect a few victories.
"We made some adjustments with players in positions they hadn't played before," Honomichl said. "They accepted that responsibility. It helped us in the remainder of the season."
The two seniors on the team were Amy Craig and Charley Jo Schwartz. Both will be missed by the Bulldogs.
"We are going to be missing Charley Jo and Amy," Honomichl said. "Their skills will be a challenge to replace. Our main concern will be trying to figure out what to do at first base. Charley Jo was a big target and a good glove."
Other than the two seniors, the Bulldogs return the rest of their team.
"We return everybody but those two," Honomichl said. "We return all of our pitchers. We had four freshmen that lettered on varsity, so we will be back."