Baldwin advances to championship game in Legion tournament
The Baldwin American Legion baseball team in one victory away for a return trip to the state tournament, and it will have two chances to get the win.
At 3-0, Baldwin is the only undefeated team remaining in the American Legion Zone 1 Tournament being contested in Baldwin City. It will face off against the team emerging from the loser’s bracket at 8 p.m. Thursday at the ball field complex on Bullpup Drive. Should Baldwin lose the game, it will have a second chance to win the tournament at 6 p.m. Friday.
Baldwin earned its way into the championship game with a 18-12 victory against the K.C. Cyclones. Tyler Cawley continued his hot hitting in the tournament, going 3 for 5 with a double and triple and four runs batted in.
Colton Mock pitched the last two innings to pick up the win. Brandon Mock started the game and did a solid job through 4 2/3rds innings, said assistant coach Jay King, who was at the helm Wednesday in the absence of coach Brian Turk.
“Brandon did a good job of attacking the zone and throwing strikes,” he said. “We’re fine with hits as long as we don’t give any freebies.”
King brought in veteran pitcher Hunter Burkhart to get the final out in the fifth inning. The team’s ace will see only spot relief action as needed as Baldwin goes for the championship after throwing 130-plus pitches in getting the win in Tuesday’s nightcap against Wellsville, King said.
Hunter Young will get the start Thursday.
“He pitched well the last time out with the signal A squad,” King said. “As long as the bats stay out, we have a lot of confidence in him to get the job done so we don’t have to play Friday.”
King said he and Turk were proud of what the Baldwin team has accomplished in the tournament.
“The never quit,” he said. “They have done so much extra work to get to this point.”