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Baldwin bows out of state Legion tournament

Baldwin center fielder Tyler Cawley connects in an American Legion AA Tournament game. Baldwin lost two competitive games Wednesday and Thursday to bow out of the tournament being played in Sabetha.

Baldwin center fielder Tyler Cawley connects in an American Legion AA Tournament game. Baldwin lost two competitive games Wednesday and Thursday to bow out of the tournament being played in Sabetha.

August 3, 2012

The Baldwin City baseball team bowed out of the American Legion AA State Tournament in Sabetha with two losses.

Baldwin lost in opening round action Wednesday to back-to-back state champion Pratt, 4-1. Coach Brian Turk said the team had chances but didn’t get hits in key times.

“We had several opportunities to plate some runs but left the bases

loaded twice and stranded two runners in two different innings,” he said.

Pitcher Hunter Burkhart looks to throw home after fielding a ground ball in Baldwin's first game in the American Legion AA State Tournament against two-time defending state champion Pratt.

Pitcher Hunter Burkhart looks to throw home after fielding a ground ball in Baldwin's first game in the American Legion AA State Tournament against two-time defending state champion Pratt.

The team’s sole run was scored in the seventh off a sacrifice fly by Tyler Cawley.

Baldwin played the host team Sabetha on Thursday in the losers’ bracket. Sabetha prevailed in the back-and-forth contest, 7-6. The home team took the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out, two-run rally.

Baldwin had a difficult bottom of the fourth, when Sabetha sent nine batters to the plate without benefit of a hit, scoring three runs to retake the lead 5-4.

“We gave away too many bases on walks and errors and it eventually was too much to overcome,” Turk said.

Second baseman Chad Berg receives high fives after scoring for Baldwin in one of its games at the American Legion AA State Tournament in Sabetha.

Second baseman Chad Berg receives high fives after scoring for Baldwin in one of its games at the American Legion AA State Tournament in Sabetha.

Colton Stark went 2 for 2 at the plate with a triple and shortstop Brock Randels also collected two hits.

“ It was a great experience for our young group and we couldn't have been more pleased with how well the guys came together and played as a complete unit down the stretch to earn a state berth again this summer,” Turk said. “It was a very productive summer season and the team showed a lot of growth and development that we hope to build on this off-season and benefit from heading into next spring.”

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