BHS softball splits doubleheader with Trailblazers
Three days after being swept by rival Eudora, the Baldwin High School softball squad was excited to split a doubleheader at Gardner.
On Friday, the Bulldogs put the surprising losses to the Cardinals behind them. It was just three days, but they headed to Gardner with a renewed attitude.
“We wanted to come back with a vengeance,” sophomore Hayley Schwartz said. “We were pretty upset about those games. It hurts to lose to your rival like that. We just came out with a fire and it helped us.”
The Bulldogs (8-10) took a few innings to get on the board, but they won 6-3 before falling 9-1 in the second contest.
“I thought we actually played pretty well both games, even though they got away from us in the second game,” coach Bob Martin said. “We played pretty good softball. We ended up getting some big hits at the end and we played well defensively both games. Overall, I think they may have been our best games in quite a while.”
Baldwin fell behind 3-0 in the first game. However, BHS rallied in the final two innings to steal the game from the Trailblazers. It started in the sixth inning with two runs.
Sophomore Kaysha Green hit a 2-run single that scored juniors Karlee Beach and Kyla Good. The rally would pour into the top of the seventh inning.
Schwartz laid down a bunt and junior Morgan Burton scored from third base to tie the game 3-3. Later in the inning, Green hit an RBI triple to give BHS a 4-3 lead. Baldwin added two more runs in the inning to win 6-3.
“It was cool splitting with them,” Schwartz said. “After we won the first game, we were all like, ‘Oh my gosh, we just beat Gardner.’ It was fun to win, but we just lost our focus in the second game.”
Schwartz added that it was exciting to win another game after trailing late in the contest.
“We are doing that a lot this year,” she said. “But hey, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.”
The second game was a scoreless tie through four and a half innings. Then Gardner burst on the scoreboard with four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.
“It wasn’t necessarily anything we did,” Martin said. “They just hit the ball really well.”
Schwartz pitched both games and said fatigue set in during the fifth inning.
“I was getting a little tired in the second game,” Schwartz said. “The wind wasn’t helping either. I couldn't fight the wind.”
Despite the rough two innings, Martin was still proud of his pitcher.
“Hayley Schwartz pitched well in the first game,” he said. “She pitched well through five innings of the second one, but hit her limit.”
The Bulldogs’ next game will be in the Class 4A regional tournament. Their opponent, game time and location were announced after press time.
“We’re ready for regionals to see what we can do,” Schwartz said. “We will go as far as we can.”