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BHS softball team back to .500 with Tuesday’s sweep

Baldwin High School junior Kyla Good swings for a pitch Friday afternoon at the Bulldogs’ home game against Ottawa. The Bulldogs lost the game, but swept Spring Hill on Tuesday.

Baldwin High School junior Kyla Good swings for a pitch Friday afternoon at the Bulldogs’ home game against Ottawa. The Bulldogs lost the game, but swept Spring Hill on Tuesday.

April 15, 2010

SPRING HILL — After four straight losses, the Baldwin High School softball team got its season back on track here Tuesday night.

BHS opened the season with a sweep of Wellsville, but fell in doubleheaders to De Soto and Ottawa. However, the Bulldogs are now 4-4 after sweeping Spring Hill. They won 17-7 and 6-1.

“It was awesome,” junior Kyla Good said. “It felt really good to be back winning again and playing our game. After losing four games in a row, we needed these two wins.”

Coach Bob Martin shared the same excitement Tuesday night.

“This was a nice night for us,” he said. “We’ve had a rough last week or two, so it was nice for us to bounce back like this. Those were two good wins. We’re trying to get better every day and we are right now.”

The first three innings of the opening game didn’t go the way of the Bulldogs. They did jump out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but quickly fell behind Spring Hill. Each team scored three runs in the third inning, so the Broncos maintained their 7-5 lead.

Then the Bulldogs cranked up the defense and offense. They allowed only one more run during the next 10 innings of the night. The Bulldogs scored 18 runs during that stretch.

“We hit very well,” Good said. “We were on our game at the plate tonight. The pitchers weren’t as good as Ottawa and De Soto’s pitchers. Plus we did a lot of hitting in practice this week.”

BHS scored five runs in the fourth inning and seven in the sixth to run-rule the Broncos. Leading the charge were sophomore Madeline Brungardt and junior Karlee Beach with three runs apiece. Senior MacKenzie Flory, junior Morgan Burton and sophomore Kaysha Green each scored twice during the game.

“We swung the bats very well in the first game,” Martin said. “Defensively, we struggled, especially early. During the last couple of innings, we started playing better defense. We played very steady during the second game. I thought our defense played really well in the second game of the night.”

Baldwin continued to pour on the offense early in the second contest. BHS scored two runs in each of the first two innings, while holding the Broncos scoreless.

BHS added runs during the fourth and fifth innings. Spring Hill scored its one run in the third inning, but never had another scoring opportunity during the game. Senior Kelsi Burton pitched the second game. Sophomore Hayley Schwartz was the opening-game pitcher for BHS.

“Kelsi brings in a nice change of pace from Hayley,” Martin said. “She gives their hitters a little bit different look and she was really effective tonight. She had their hitters off stride, so it was a nice outing for her.”

After the games, the Bulldogs were all smiles walking to the bus. They hope the victories will give them confidence heading into the remainder of the season.

“We were pretty down during practice this week,” Good said. “We weren’t back into our normal routine of being Baldwin softball, but we got back into that tonight and this helped a lot.”

The Bulldogs will have one week to enjoy the wins before taking the field again. They will play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Louisburg.

“We’re going to have fun this week,” Good said. “We’re ready for next Tuesday.”


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