Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Durr’s arm helps oversome sloppy play

April 19, 2007

He had nearly two weeks to rest his arm, but Zach Durr didn't see himself pitching nine innings Tuesday night.

The Baldwin High School junior had a complete game and then some as he helped the Bulldogs (2-1) beat Anderson County 7-6 in extra innings.

"It felt really good to go out there and get the job done," Durr said. "My arm is pretty tired. After the game I tried to run it off a bit and then I iced it."

The two teams finished the regulation seven innings tied, forcing extra innings. Durr remained in the game for the both of the additional frames and led BHS to its second victory of the early season.

"It was nice to get the win in an extra-inning game," coach Brock Hartshorn said. "Zach Durr really gutted it out and went two extra innings that we weren't planning on. His pitch count was sort of low, so we left him out there in the ninth inning. He showed a lot of character by going out there and striking out two batters in the inning and getting us out of the game."

Durr threw more than 120 pitches in his nine-inning outing, striking out 13 batters. He said his arm was beginning to hurt slightly during the extra innings, but he knew what had to be done.

"The last couple of innings, I tried to go out there not thinking about how much my arm hurt and focus on the batters," Durr said. "That is what probably got me through it."

In the top of the ninth inning, Baldwin scored the game-winning runs. Sophomore Alan Callahan scored off of an error to give Baldwin a 6-5 lead. Then sophomore Andy Thurlow laid down a bunt that scored senior Nick Jackson on a squeeze play from third.

Baldwin allowed one run in the bottom of the inning but held on to win 7-6.

"It felt good to get out and play," Durr said. "We didn't practice much last week, because we were always rained out. It was a rough game, but sometimes you win ugly."

The Bulldogs scored three runs from squeeze plays Tuesday. A trio of runners scored from third base when the batters bunted, despite Anderson County knowing the play was coming.

"We said we are going to play small ball and we did," Hartshorn said. "We had three squeezes for three of our runs. If we get a guy on third, we are going to take advantage of that and score."

Not everything worked in Baldwin's favor. The Bulldogs racked up five errors in the game, which led to several runs for Anderson County.

"We led the whole game but they got three runs in the fifth or sixth inning to tie it," Hartshorn said. "We made a couple errors to allow them to tie it."

Baldwin was scheduled to play two doubleheaders last week, but both were rained out. Tuesday's game was the first since the Bulldogs victory against Osawatomie on April 2.

The second game Tuesday was rained out, but no make-up date has been set.

"We hadn't played in two weeks and we looked like it," Hartshorn said. "We were a little rusty, but we battled through that and got a win."

Baldwin will travel to Prairie View for a single game today. The game starts at 4:30 p.m. Then the Bulldogs will host a doubleheader against Spring Hill Tuesday at home.

BHS will have four more games next week followed by seven games the following week. Some of those contests are games that were scheduled last week but postponed because of rain.

"We have a lot of games to be played during the next two weeks," Hartshorn said. "Zach's pitching all nine innings helps set us up for Thursday's game. He won't be ready, but our other two pitchers haven't thrown at all this week, so they will be ready."

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