Baldwin High School baseball team warms up for big stage with 2-1 week
The Baldwin High School baseball team prepared for the big-stage by going 2-1 the last week.
The Bulldogs had an easy time Tuesday with Heritage Christian, winning a four-inning mercy-rule shortened game, 12-1. Baldwin got the suspense over early, scoring 11 runs in its first at bat.
Brock Randels was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the game, and Ben Brungardt was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Adam Carlson also contributed two hits.
Justin Hadl earned the win, giving up one run in four innings with two strike outs, Carlson pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Perhaps more indicative of the Bulldogs’ progress was its split last Thursday against Frontier League opponent Paola. Baldwin won the first game, 5-2, and fell in the nightcap, 4-0.
Baldwin took the opener on the strength of a five-run fourth inning, which allowed the team to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Three Paola errors fueled the game-winning rally.
Brungradt went the distance for Baldwin to earn the win, giving up one earned run and striking out four.
Baldwin couldn’t get the offense started in the late game, picking up only four hits against Paola pitching. Junior Jackson Barth gave the Bulldogs three scoreless innings in the start. The home team scored all four of its runs in the fifth inning.
The Bulldogs are now 7-6 on the year and 4-6 in the Frontier League play. They have won six of their last eight ballgames, a record of improvement they will test at a tournament starting today at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. The action will continue Friday and Saturday. The team’s senior night will be Tuesday against Eudora.