First inning dooms BHS baseball team at regional
EUDORA — Another early deficit was too much for the Baldwin High School baseball team to overcome here Monday.
A couple of fielding errors helped the Cardinals score seven runs in the first inning. That was enough to knock the Bulldogs out of the Class 4A regional with a 12-4 defeat.
“We got down early and never really got out of the slump,” sophomore Kyle Pattrick said. “We still fought back and kept battling, but never really recovered from that inning.”
Eudora jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on four batters. Then the Bulldogs outfielders misplayed two fly balls, which led to a pair of runs by the Cardinals.
“We had chances to get a couple outs early,” coach Brock Hartshorn said. “We made a couple of errors and you can’t do that in a regional game. If you’re going to upset a team, you can’t make errors. We will need to work on that for next year.”
Baldwin gave up seven runs in the first inning. BHS recorded the final two outs of the inning without giving up another run, but the damage was done.
“The first inning killed us,” Hartshorn said. “They just came out of the gate hitting the ball. It was a tough way to end the season. Our kids did show a lot of character yesterday. They could have folded their tents after the first inning, but they kept battling all seven innings.”
The Bulldogs did rally in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Justin Vander Tuig and senior Alan Callahan reached base on singles. Then they advanced a base after the Eudora pitcher was called for a balk.
Senior Jon Eddy hit a single to score Vander Tuig. Callahan ran home on a wild pitch, giving BHS two quick runs. Sophomore Josh Hoffman hit an RBI-double that scored Eddy.
The Bulldogs next batter, senior Andy Thurlow hit a double, allowing Hoffman to score the Bulldogs’ fourth run.
“We kind of got the bleeding stopped and bounced back with four in the second,” Hartshorn said. “They added a couple more later, but we just never got back into the game.”
Eudora answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. BHS had runners on base later in the game, but never scored another run.
The Cardinals added a pair of runs in the third inning to take an 11-4 lead. They scored their final run in the sixth inning.
“Our pitchers finally started throwing strikes, which was our problem at the beginning of the year,” Hartshorn said. “At the end, we had trouble fielding the ball. We just didn’t put together a good complete season this year.”
The Bulldogs ended the season 5-15.
“It was rough,” Pattrick said. “We didn’t hit the ball very well. We still played hard the entire game.”