BHS baseball drops three league games
Three road games turned into three nightmares for the Baldwin High School baseball team last week.
The Bulldogs (2-4) were defeated at Prairie View 13-3 last Thursday before being swept at Spring Hill Monday, 9-0 and 15-0.
"We are not hitting the ball consistently right now," coach Brock Hartshorn said. "Dan Glover and Cory Lauridsen are hitting the ball really well. We just don't have consistency up and down the line up. That's keeping us from scoring runs right now."
Baldwin was supposed to play the Broncos at home, but scheduling changes moved the games to Spring Hill on Monday.
Hartshorn said BHS might have been able to score some runs if it played at home because the field isn't as large.
"We might have scored some runs," Hartshorn said. "We hit some balls out to the outfield that were caught that might have been home runs on our short field. Plus, it's always better playing at home."
Despite being swept in the doubleheader, the BHS coach was pleased with his team's defense Monday.
"As inexperienced as we are, I was happy with the way we played in the field," Hartshorn said. "We just aren't getting any runs to stay with anybody right now."
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to Prairie View for a single game. BHS lost 13-3 to the Buffalos.
"We are starting to improve both in fielding and in hitting," Hartshorn said. "As our pitching comes along, this is going be a pretty good team."
Senior Nick Jackson said the Bulldogs played well for a while, but made a couple of mistakes that led to runs.
"We held it together as long as we could," Jackson said. "But, the pitching in the second half was weak and we also made big mistakes that cost us."
The junior varsity team also had a game on April 3 against Prairie View. BHS lost 11-1.
"We weren't really focused in the first few innings," freshman Bradon Phillips said.
The Bulldogs will be busy for the next 10 days, with nine games scheduled. They will play a doubleheader at Louisburg today. Those games will start at 4:30 p.m.
Next week, the Bulldogs will be busy with three doubleheaders and one single game.
"With the numbers that we have and being a (Class) 4A high school, seven games in five days puts a strain on arms and finding enough pitchers for those days," Hartshorn said. "Playing nearly everyday might give us some consistency in our line up."
Baldwin High School correspondent Jordan Mitchell contributed to this story.