Baldwin softball team swept by De Soto, Louisburg
The young Baldwin High softball team continued to struggle in Frontier League play, going 0-4 in the last week.
Baldwin lost a doubleheader Tuesday at Louisburg, 5-4, 7-4, and was swept at home Thursday by defending 4A state champion De Soto, 12-11, 8-2.
The Bulldogs, who only have one senior on the team, battled Louisburg, scoring three runs in the first inning with Kylee Bremer providing the big hit with her second home run of the season. Baldwin lead throughout until the home team plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“We are in a tough stretch right now,” coach Chad Scoby said. “The girls are pressing a bit a the plate, which is understandable because they want to do well and come through with a big hit. Our fielding has been really good at times, but we keep having one or two mistakes that lead to big innings for the other team. I told the girls it’s tough right now, but it’s important we keep working each day to improve and get things turned around.”
Louisburg jumped out on top in the nightcap with its own three-run first. Sierra Hall was big offensively for the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4 with two runs score from her lead-off spot.
The Bulldogs brought the lumber in a wild doubleheader Thursday against defending 4A state champion De Soto but unfortunately lost both games.
Baldwin mounted a determined comeback in the opener before falling, 12-11. The visiting Wildcats score six runs in the top of the first only to see the Bulldogs answer with four runs in the bottom of the inning. De Soto added one run in the second, three in the fourth, and what proved to be the deciding two runs in the top of the seventh. The Bulldogs bats went mostly silent after the first inning, going scoreless until plating one run in the six.
Baldwin’s comeback started with Aislyn Meyer’s two-run triple. That was followed by a run-scoring single by Cori Thompson, an RBI single by Hailey Cope, and a two-run single by Emily Simpson. Unfortunately, De Soto cut off a runner at the plate and escaped as Baldwin left the bases loaded.
Baldwin broke on top 2-0 in the first inning of the second game and held De Soto without a run through four innings. The Wildcat bats came alive in the fifth, as they sent 13 batters to the plate on their way to an 8-2 victory.