Baldwin split doubleheader with Spring Hill
The Baldwin High baseball team put itself in position Tuesday to sweep Spring Hill High, but settled for a split when the visiting Broncos rallied to claim the nightcap.
Baldwin deafeated the Broncos 6-4 in the opener of the home twin-bill, but lost the late game, 8-6. The Bulldogs scored two runs in each of the first two innings in the opener and led, 6-3, after six. Baldwin plated six runs in the third inning of the nightcap, but didn’t score again as Spring Hill rallied for three runs in the sixth to earn the split.
Bulldog senior Chad Berg scored three runs in the opener, and shortstop Brock Randles had a game-high two RBIs, going 1-for-2 from the plate. Colton Stark got the start and the win, going threeand a third innings while giving up two hits and three earned runs. Brandon Mock got the save, giving up one run in three and two-thirds innings.
Providing the big hits in game two’s big six-run third inning were Randles, who connected on a two-run single, and Stark with a two-run triple.
Senior Hunter Young started the second game for the Bulldogs, giving up five earned runs in five and two-thirds innings.
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs swept a doubleheader at home against Wellsville High. Baldwin opened the afternoon with a 4-1 game one victory and notched a six-inning 10-0 run-rule victory in the nightcap.
Baldwin coach Brian Turk said the difference from the team’s outing two days earlier when it was swept by Ottawa was pitchers throwing strikes and the team making plays in the field.
The Bulldogs didn’t play to their potential at Ottawa, apparently rattled by playing the traditional Frontier League and 4A power, he said.
“We’re not going to have a lot of pop at the plate,” Turk said. “We’re going to have to win with pitching and good defense. We had that today.”
Although Wellsville is a 3A team, Turk said it was very good and would be competitive in the Frontier League.
Ben Growcock got the Bulldogs off to a good start on the mound against Wellsville, giving up no earned runs on four hits in five innings to get the win in the opener.
Stark struck out four Eagles in two scoreless innings in relief.
Baldwin scored all its runs in the first inning in the opener. Sophomore Collin Linden picked up two RBIs a single.
Linder earned the win in Thursday’s nightcap, giving up only two hits in four innings. Mock worked two perfect innings in relief, striking out four of the six batters he faced.
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