BHS softball winners of three straight games
Waiting a week to play after being swept by Ottawa might have fueled the Baldwin High School softball team’s fire to win.
Since those losses, the Bulldogs have won three straight games on back-to-back days. The Bulldogs (4-2) swept Spring Hill at home Wednesday and run-ruled Prairie View on Thursday.
Against the Buffalos, BHS came out swinging. Baldwin scored four runs in the top of the first inning and four in the top of the third. Scoring the runs were senior Tracie Weege, senior Alex Zordel, sophomore Morgan Burton and freshman Madeline Brungardt. Burton recorded an RBI and Brungardt a pair of RBIs.
The same four Bulldogs scored in the third inning. The RBIs belonged to Zordel, Burton and sophomore Kyla Good.
Baldwin added three more runs in the fourth inning. Senior Haley Finucane, Weege and Burton crossed home plate for BHS. The Bulldogs defense held tough in the fifth inning and ended the game 11-0. Zordel pitched all five shutout innings and struck out five batters.
“I told them it was a very clean game for us,” coach Bob Martin said Thursday evening. “We didn’t make any mistakes and Alex pitched well. We played really solid defense behind her. On offense, the top of our order is hitting really well right now. I think we had a bit of momentum coming in here from last night and we jumped on them early.”
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs swept the Broncos. In the first contest, the Bulldogs scored five runs in the first two innings as they cruised to a 6-1 victory. Scoring runs were Weege, Burton, Finucane, senior Sarah Johnson and freshman Kaysha Green.
In the second game, BHS fell behind 4-0 in the second inning before Zordel came back out to pitch after winning the first game. The Broncos never scored during the rest of the game.
Baldwin slowly crept back as it scored one run in the fourth and fifth innings. In the sixth, Zordel hit a double that scored her and Burton on a throwing error to home. That tied the game at 4-4 heading into the last inning.
BHS wasted no time in putting the Broncos out in the top of the inning. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Finucane hit a ground-rule double that rolled under the outfield fence.
Then Weege stepped up to the plate and drilled a shot to center field. The Broncos outfielder struggled to find the ball and dropped the catch as Finucane crossed home. Weege’s walk-off double created a buzz in the Bulldogs’ dugout.
“I don’t know. I didn’t feel any pressure,” Finucane said. “I just tried to hit it and I did. When I saw Tracie’s hit, I just tried to run as fast as I could and get home. It’s more fun to win like that. I was proud of us for coming back after being down 4-0.”
Martin was proud of his seniors for stepping up when they needed offense.
“Haley had a really clutch extra-base hit,” Martin said. “Then Tracie put something on that ball. The center fielder played great all day for Spring Hill, but just lost it in the lights or something. You have to give Tracie credit for putting the ball in play.”
The Bulldogs will host a doubleheader against Louisburg at 4:30 Tuesday at home.