By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Coach Tim Klatt
BALDWIN, WI – The Baldwin-Woodville softball Hawks had home three games over the last week or so. The Hawks had their first taste of defeat fed to them by Hudson on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, but they came back stronger than ever over Somerset on Thursday, April 13 and continued their winning ways against Amery at home on Tuesday, April 18.
Hudson at home
The Hudson Raiders jumped out to an early lead against the Hawks in the 1st inning with two singles and a three run homer by their clean-up hitter. The Hawks came right back in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. Lindsay Burr and Brooke Evenson each drew bases on balls and were driven home by a double to the fence by Alexis Maurer. The Hawks grabbed the lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Alex Carlson and Sydney Newton each showed patience at the plate and drew free passes. Both runners moved over as Lexie Klatt executed a sacrifice bunt. Carlson and Newton each scored as Burr then connected on a base hit up the middle. It was a back and forth game as the Raiders and Hawks exchanged leads the next few innings. The bottom of the 6th proved to be the pivotal turning point. Trailing 6-9, the Hawks Lindsay Burr led off with a double, followed by a single by Sidney Roemhild and Brooke Evenson was able to draw a walk loading the bases for Maurer. Maurer lined a hit to the shortstop who made the catch and doubled off the runner at 1st. Burr was able to score from 3rd on a base hit by Kayla Furrer in the next at bat but that was all the Hawks were able to produce and went down quietly in the bottom of the 7th.
Coach Klatt said, “The little things proved costly. That was the difference. They were much more aggressive on the bases than we were. On the other hand, we were hesitant when we needed to be aggressive. Contrary to that, we were double off three times on line drives. The sequence of events in the 6th proving especially costly. It’s a difficult thing. You want the girls to be aggressive on the bases but you hope they freeze on line drives. It’s a balance that is difficult at times to accomplish. I do believe that as coaches and players, we learned more from losing this game than we would have if we had won.”
Final score B-W 7, Hudson 9.
Somerset at Baldwin-Woodville (14 – 1)
The Hawks opened up conference play with a decisive 14-1 victory over the visiting Spartans from Somerset. The win pushed the Hawks overall record to 6-1. The Hawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Lindsay Burr, who reached on an outfield error scored on an Alexis Maurer double to left center. In the 2nd, the home team scored seven runs on two hits as the Hawks showed patience at the plate drawing a number of walks. That was the theme for the rest of the game as the Hawks scored six more runs closing the game out after five innings. Kayla Furrer threw four quality innings only giving up two hits to get the big win for the Hawks.
“Tonight, we were able to improve on some of the things that we struggled with in the loss to Hudson. The girls were much more aggressive on the bases and Lindsay was the leader in doing so in demonstrating what the coaching staff is looking for. We want to put pressure on the defense. We have a busy week ahead with three conference games on the schedule and a home tourney on Saturday morning. I’m looking forward to seeing continued improvement,” Coach Klatt said after the decisive 14 – 1 win over the Spartans.
Amery at Baldwin-Woodville
The Hawks registered their second win of the season in conference play with a 6-3 victory over Amery on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The Hawks scored three runs in the bottom of the 1st. Lindsay Burr led off with a walk and was advanced to 2nd base on a base hit to left by Sidney Roemhild. Brooke Evenson then executed a perfect bunt loading the bases. Burr then scored when Alexis Maurer was able to draw a bases loaded walk. Roemhild scored the Hawks second run of the inning when she advanced home on a wild pitch and Evenson finished off the scoring in the bottom half of the inning when she touched home on a sacrifice bunt by Maddie Campbell. The game was relatively quiet with the Hawks scoring a run in their half of the 5th but then in the top of the 6th the visitors were able to get a couple base runners. The game became interesting when Amery’s Brianna Wundrow connected on a 3-run home run to cut the Hawks lead to 4-3. The Hawks were able to extend the lead back out in their half of the 6th scoring two more runs with patience at the plate and aggressive base running. Kayla Furrer was then able to retire the Warriors in order in the 7th to preserve the 6-3 win.
Coach Tim Klatt reported, “It was a struggle for us at the plate tonight. Their pitcher threw hard but what kept us off balance was her inconsistency to throw strikes. I think at times we became anxious at the plate, wanting to take some swings and it cost us. There were a few plate appearances where we made swings on pitches that would have resulted in walks but instead gave their pitcher an opportunity to get back into the count. Defensively, I thought we played well. We cut down a runner at home who was trying to score from 2nd on a hit to the fence. Evenson made an accurate throw to Burr who then relayed a strong throw to Maurer at the plate. I feel good about where we are defensively.”
Next up for the Hawks is at home at Millpond Park at 5 p.m. today vs New Richmond, then on Friday the team travels to Osceola for another 5 p.m. start. Then on Saturday, morning April 22, starting at 9 a.m. it is the Quad Tourney with Elmwood, River Falls and New Richmond at Millpond Park Softball Field. On Tuesday, April 25 the Hawks take on the Central St. Croix Panthers at home at Millpond Park at 5 p.m. The Hawks travel to Ellsworth on Thursday, April 27 for a 5 p.m. matchup at Ellsworth High School and on Friday, April 28 at 5 p.m. at Millpond Park they play vs. Eau Claire North