Bulldogs briefly led Cyclones before losing in regional
BHS softball eliminated by Ottawa
Baldwin High School's softball team lost its opening game of the Class 4A regional tournament. The Bulldogs lost 13-3 to the Ottawa Cyclones.
OTTAWA — For a few minutes, the Baldwin High School softball team led Tuesday’s Class 4A regional contest here against the Cyclones, the favored home team.
The Bulldogs came back from an 11-day layoff with a strong start. They jumped on the Cyclones with two runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Madeline Brungardt doubled as the leadoff batter. Freshman Kaitlin Jorgensen followed her with a single and a stolen base.
Senior MacKenzie Flory and junior Morgan Burton earned RBIs as Brungardt and Jorgensen scored a pair of runs. BHS led 2-0 after the top of the first inning.
“It felt really good, especially after the way we lost our first meeting with them,” Flory said. “It got the team’s energy up and it made everyone feel good. Everyone was pretty excited about that. I think after that inning, they gained the momentum and we lost it.”
Unfortunately for BHS fans and players, Flory was correct. Ottawa stormed back and took the lead in the second inning. The Cyclones finished the game strong as they eliminated the Bulldogs (8-11) with a 13-3 victory.
“We did play well tonight,” coach Bob Martin said. “We came out very strong and jumped on them early. If we could have kept them there, it might have been a different story. But they are a good team, with a good pitcher and good hitters. I still felt like we played well overall.”
After Baldwin took a 2-0 lead, Ottawa tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning. OHS added four more runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead.
Baldwin responded with a run in the third inning. Brungardt scored her second run of the day on an RBI single from junior Karlee Beach. BHS held Ottawa scoreless for a pair of innings before allowing one in the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, the Cyclones switched on the firepower. They hit over the Bulldogs’ heads and in the gaps as they scored six runs, ending the game with a run rule.
“It was a pretty close game for a while,” Flory said. “I’m not sure what happened. We were hitting the ball pretty well, but we were hitting it right to them, which is tough. I’m definitely proud of the girls.”
Flory was the lone senior on the Bulldogs’ roster. The loss was hard for her as it was her final time in a BHS uniform.
“It’s obviously a hard way to end the season, being my senior year,” she said. “I know I’m going to miss it. I’m proud of the girls. We put up a really good fight. It was just toward the end, I think they had more left than we did.”
All-league selections will be announced after all of the Frontier League teams have completed their seasons.