Bearcats break through to 2A finals

By Donica Phifer

New Albany Gazette

BALDWYN – A dream come true.

That’s how Baldwyn’s coach Jessica Taylor described Tuesday’s sweep of East Union to claim the 2A North title and punch a ticket to the state championships.

“These girls have worked so hard,” a teary-eyed Taylor said, “They’ve been doing this since the seventh grade and they have wanted this so much.”

The Bearcats intensity showed in the sweep, with 11-1 and 17-2 ballgames that left little room for the Urchins offense to find a groove.

Sheneria Tyes led the Bearcats by knocking three homers over the left field fence in the two games for a total of five RBIs.

Baldwyn hit five homers in all, including back-to-back by Tyes and Jorda Waters during the third inning of Game 1. Maggie Martin launched a two-run homer over the center field wall in the fifth.

East Union’s Katey Hunt hit a two-run homer in the first inning of Game 2 for her team’s only runs.

Where everything went right for the Bearcats, it went wrong for the Urchins.

“The intensity they had, they weren’t going to get beat,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “I have no doubt in my mind that the better team won tonight. They dominated us from the word go and I have no problem saying that.”

Knocking on door

Baldwyn is making its first trip to the championship series. The Lady Bearcats finished as the 2A North runner-up the past three seasons.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids and a better two-game series,” Taylor said, “Our dream has been to go to Jackson – even mine when I was playing – and I get to live it because of them. I’m ready, they are ready. Let’s go.”

Baldwyn (29-2)advances to play East Webster (24-6).