By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – The Baldwyn Bearcats could have very well packed away their baseball gear away until next season after a demoralizing loss two day ago.
Baldwyn kept the bags in the closet Monday.
Using an opportunistic offense and getting a complete game pitching effort by junior Dustin Kirk, the Bearcats tied their Class 2A quarterfinal series with the Calhoun City Wildcats at 1-1 with a 13-3 victory.
“I’m proud of the way our guys fought back,” Baldwyn coach Shannon Smith said. “We had a good approach at the plate, and as always, Dustin was very consistent.”
The series moves to Calhoun City for Game 3 today, with a 7 p.m. start.
The Bearcats (20-5) got a sacrifice fly from Kirk and an RBI single by Corbin Scott for a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Monday.
From there, Baldwyn added three runs in the third, a solo run in the fifth, and closed out the contest with six runs in the sixth. Scott had another RBI hit in the fifth, and Tucker Jenkins was part of the six-run inning with an RBI hit.
“This was kinda like Game 1 in reverse for us,” Calhoun City head coach Josh Miller said. “We hit the ball hard tonight, and if we hit the ball the same way tomorrow, we’ll be OK.”
Calhoun City (17-10) plated a pair of runs in the third on a triple by Chakel Gates. Pinch-hitter James Hervey smashed a solo home run in the fifth.