Softball squad still unbeaten
Baldwin High School sophomores Haley Finucane and Alex Zordel proved their importance to the Bulldog softball team Tuesday night.
The BHS duo connected for the final run of the game as the Bulldogs (3-0) defeated Anderson County 2-1 in nine innings.
"It looked like we were starting the season over," coach Ginny Honomichl said. "They (Anderson County) had played five games already, so they were three ahead of us."
Finucane and Zordel missed Baldwin's first two games because they were traveling on the French trip during late March and into April. BHS won both of those games, but needed their help Tuesday.
With the game tied 1-1 after the usual seven innings, the contest would need two extra innings to complete. Baldwin came up in the top of the ninth inning, but its first two batters didn't reach base.
Finucane came up to bat with two outs and hit a single. Junior Callie Craig followed her with another single that moved Finucane to second base. Zordel then hit a single that scored Finucane and gave Baldwin a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, BHS walked the first batter but held Anderson County scoreless to win the game.
"It was a close game, maybe a little too close," freshman MacKenzie Flory said. "We should have done a little better than we did, but we still played well."
Anderson County took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Baldwin tied the contest when senior Annie Hannon scored in the fourth inning.
BHS looked as if it might score several more times, but could never produce the necessary hits.
"Our batting was so-so," Honomichl said. "Our best aspect of the game was probably our defense. We did play really solid defense. Thank goodness one component worked."
Although the offense may have struggled to produce runs, Baldwin's defense kept the game low scoring.
Craig racked up three hits in the contest, while Finucane had two. Craig also pitched all nine innings of the contest and impressed her coach at times.
"She had just a really mediocre outing," Honomichl said. "That did tell me something about her, because even when things weren't going her way, she remained focused and kept her composure."
The second game of the doubleheader started Tuesday evening, but was called because of rain.
Honomichl didn't want to make excuses, but she said the two-week layoff might have contributed to their lack of offense.
"It looked like we hadn't played for a couple weeks," Honomichl said. "Several of our players looked like they hadn't played yet, because they haven't. We had the bases loaded twice, but didn't score anybody."
Baldwin was scheduled to play several games during the past two weeks, but weather has postponed those games to a later date. After a couple weeks of practices, the Bulldogs were ready to play Tuesday.
"It was nice to actually get a game in and not have it be rained out," Flory said. "We are excited for the next couple weeks. I know I am ready to play those games."
The doubleheader at De Soto scheduled for April 11 will now be played May 4. The Bulldogs will host a twinbill against Paola at 9:30 a.m. May 5, which was set for last Thursday.
The final doubleheader that was postponed was against Hays. That was moved to Friday and will still be played in Baldwin, starting at 3:30 p.m.
"We are going to have to play a lot better than we did today to be competitive with Hays," Honomichl said. "That's a goal of ours and we still have some practices between now and then."
Before those games can be played, BHS must travel to Prairie View for a single game today at 4:30 p.m.
"We just need to get back out and play," Honomichl said. "We haven't practiced since Wednesday of last week, until yesterday. No excuses, we just looked like we were starting over."