In the first game of a doubleheader against Walnut, Baldwyn senior pitcher Koty King allowed just three hits while walking none and striking out three. King earned his third win of the season as the Bearcats beat Walnut 12-1 in five innings.
“He’s done a good job for us,” said Baldwyn head coach Gregg Tucker. “This is his third year, he’s a senior.
“He probably was our No. 2 guy coming into the season. He’s had some shoulder problems and has missed two or three starts, but he’s battled back and hopefully that will get him on a roll as we go into the playoffs.”
In the second game, Baldwyn eighth grader Reed Morrison was masterful until the fifth inning, but still got the win as the Bearcats held on to win 13-7.
In his first varsity start, Morrison pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs, seven hits and three walks, while striking out three. The eighth grader allowed only one hit and two walks through four innings.
“This is our fourth division game this week,” Tucker said. “We were out of pitching. Reed came in (and) he did an excellent job.
“He threw strikes and he got us through the ballgame.”
Both King and Morrison were backed by incredible run support. In the first game, the Bearcats jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings.
Leading the way in the second game for the Bearcats was center fielder Jaymel Tyes, who was a perfect 5-for-5 with two home runs and was just a triple shy of the cycle.
“We were patient at the plate tonight,” Tucker said. “When we’re patient we hit the ball pretty good.”
While the Bearcats pounded out 23 hits on Thursday, Walnut’s six errors in the field and 11 walks and three hit batsmen issued by its pitchers led to many of Baldwyn’s 25 runs on the night.
“It’s tough to beat a good ballclub when you have so many walks and errors,” said Walnut head coach John Meeks. “Walks and errors kill.”
Thursday’s sweep pretty much locked down a playoff spot for Baldwyn, which improved to 12-8 overall and 6-4 in Division 1-2A.
Walnut finished its season at 6-16 and 3-9 in Division 1-2A.