Bulldogs drop six straight games
Although his team has dropped six straight games, Baldwin High School baseball coach Brock Hartshorn has seen improvements during the last two outings.
BHS (2-7) lost 10-5 Tuesday night to Gardner after being swept at Louisburg last Thursday, 10-0 and 5-3. Despite the three losses, Hartshorn was pleased to see some offensive improvements.
"I am pleased with how we have played the last two games," Hartshorn said. "We are not making the mistakes we were earlier in the year. We are hitting the ball better as a team. We are getting a little bit more consistency from some kids. We just don't have the pitching to stay with these teams right now."
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs hosted the Trailblazers at the BHS field. Gardner jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. Baldwin answered with a single run.
Both teams continued to score runs, but Baldwin trailed 7-4 heading into the final inning. The Bulldogs walked several Gardner batters while a few others connected for hits.
Baldwin was able to get the final out on a routine throw from sophomore second baseman Alan Callahan to junior first baseman Jacob Enick, but the damage was done. Gardner scored three runs to grab a 10-4 lead with Baldwin's final at bat coming up.
In the bottom of the seventh, BHS did get a few hits. Junior Zach Durr scored on a single from senior Cory Lauridsen. That would be the only run Baldwin would score, as it was defeated 10-5.
"We are starting to play with more consistency," Hartshorn said. "Our pitchers walked too many in the seventh inning."
A pair of Bulldogs did crank home runs Tuesday. Senior Nick Papps and junior Michael Barnes each hit one.
"It was nice to hit the first one of my career," Barnes said. "It felt really good. I didn't think it was gone because I hit it to dead center field, but it got over. I was pretty excited. I didn't show it, but I was."
Baldwin was scheduled to play a doubleheader at home Tuesday against Gardner, but lightning forced the coaches to postpone the second game after one inning. The game will be continued Monday at 5 p.m.
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to Louisburg for a twinbill. They came back with two losses, 10-0 and 5-3.
In the second game of the night, junior Zach Durr pitched for BHS. Hartshorn was proud of Durr's effort in the loss and he only allowed five runs.
BHS had a chance to tie or take a lead in the second contest, but whiffed at the plate twice, ending the game.
"We had the tying runs on second and third in the seventh," Hartshorn said. "We struck out twice to end the game. That was tough."
Baldwin is scheduled to have a busy slate during the next three days. BHS will play one game at 4:30 p.m. today in Eudora. Then the Bulldogs will travel to De Soto for a make-up doubleheader Friday. Those games start at 4:30 p.m.
The final games of the weekend will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Baldwin will be hosting Paola for a twinbill Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs will host Wellsville at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"Pitching is going to be tough this week," Hartshorn said. "Zach Durr and Travis Crawford each only pitched an inning tonight, so that will help."