By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
BALDWYN – Jorda Waters could tell early Saturday that it was going to be a good day for her in the circle.
Waters pitched 12 innings and allowed only two runs to help Baldwyn avenge Thursday’s series-opening loss to county foe New Site with 7-0 and 4-2 victories at Latimer Park.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Lady Bearcats (21-8) advance to their second-straight Class 2A North championship and will face East Webster beginning next Saturday.
“All day, I just had this great feeling about being able to come out here and pitch against our biggest rival,” said Waters. “I was on, definitely.”
The junior struck out only five, but induced soft groundouts all afternoon to an infield that made just one error the entire series.
Waters ran into trouble in the sixth inning of Game 3. New Site (19-9) loaded the bases when a walk and hit batsman followed a leadoff double by Molly Walden.
Savannah Alexander relieved Waters (10-3) with nobody out and sat down three straight batters to get out of the frame with no damage done.
“That was huge for us,” said Baldwyn coach Jessica Taylor. “These kids have done a great job of getting out of tough situations. They never, ever, ever quit.”
Christy Clark broke a 13-inning scoreless streak for the Lady Royals with a RBI triple in the third. Shelby Stricklen’s line drive double scored Walden an inning later and gave New Site a 2-1 advantage.
Baldwyn retook the lead for good in a three-run fifth inning. Paige Wood tripled and took home on an error to tie the game.
Maggie Martin and Tyes then scored on the same play off a wild pitch and throwing error by the catcher.
Errors cost New Site in Game 2 as well. Four of Baldwyn’s seven runs were unearned off pitcher Cori Childs (14-9).
“We got down for some reason and didn’t stay up and the first game got away from us,” said New Site coach Byron Sparks. “But we’re young and their future is bright if they want it to be.”