BHS ends losing streak
WELLSVILLE -- Just when the season seemed hopeless, the Baldwin High School baseball team may have found light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Riding a 10-game losing streak, the Bulldogs (3-12) headed here for a doubleheader Tuesday. They only needed three outs to end their slump in the first game, but the Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2.
"The first game was kind of a depressing loss," senior Cory Lauridsen said. "It was just bad luck."
Although their confidence was shot, the Bulldogs had to stick around for a second contest. They fell behind 3-0 early in the game.
Then BHS rallied to score 10 unanswered runs to win 10-3 and end its losing streak.
"It felt good," junior Jacob Enick said of the win. "We went on a big slump, but it felt good to get that monkey off our back and win a game."
The BHS players and coaches were thrilled with the victory, but wished they could have left here with two wins.
"I would rather have the sweep," coach Brock Hartshorn said. "The 3-2 loss was disappointing, because Zach (Durr) pitched so well. I thought the kids did a nice job of bouncing back after a disappointing loss in a disappointing season to win 10-3. That shows a lot about their character."
After falling behind 3-0, Baldwin players began hitting and scoring runs. BHS scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs scored two runs before Enick drove home three more. Enick took the first pitch of his at-bat and launched it over the left field wall to record a three-run home run.
"It felt really good," Enick said. "I knew it was gone right off the bat. I just knew it was out."
Hartshorn said the home run gave BHS a comfortable lead for the final two innings.
"That was a big home run, because it broke the game open," Hartshorn said. "That made it 10-3 and it makes it easier to play when you are ahead by seven."
Junior Zach Durr and Lauridsen both went 3-for-4 at the plate, while also being walked once.
"I am glad we bounced back and got the second win," Lauridsen said. "We started swinging the bat and put runs on the board."
Enick credited the hitting in the second game to the Bulldogs adjusting to the Eagles' pitchers.
"We just got used to the slower pitchers," Enick said. "The first one threw us off, because we were used to faster pitchers. The second one was as slow as the first one, so we picked up on that and got used to it."
In the first contest of the night, Wellsville took an early 1-0 lead. Baldwin tied it up when Lauridsen hit a double that scored Durr. BHS later took a 2-1 lead and maintained that margin until the Eagles' final inning.
Wellsville's leadoff batter got on base and was followed up by the next batter. They both reached second and third bases, before a teammate drove them both in with a shot to center field.
Baldwin nearly tagged the second runner out, but was unsuccessful. Hartshorn said the Bulldogs' lack of offense led to the loss.
"We couldn't get anything put together," Hartshorn said. "We got several hits and we had runners on base in every inning, we just couldn't string anything together."
Baldwin will next play a doubleheader at 4:30 today in Ottawa. BHS will begin regional action at 2 p.m Monday at De Soto against St. James Academy. It will be the play-in game for the bottom two seeds.
"That should be a game that we can win, because it's the No. 8 seed versus the No. 9 seed," Hartshorn said. "It's a game we can win and it helps them knowing that."