By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – Baldwyn got the big hits it needed to go home early on a chilly night at Latimer Park. The Lady Bearcats beat Walnut 10-0 in five innings.
Baldwyn has started division play with two straight wins.
“I thought we hit the ball really well, got our bunts down, moved runners up and did a good job of putting the ball in play,” Baldwyn coach Jessica Taylor said.
Baldwyn (8-4, 2-0 Division 1-2A) scored four in the first inning, Mackenzie Riley walked and scored on Sheneria Tyes’ fielder’s choice. With two on, Haley Sandlin singled to right, and got all the way home on an error for a 4-0 lead.
Baldwyn starter Savannah Alexander (3-2) allowed only one hit, a leadoff single from Haley Wilbanks in the first, who was stranded at third.
Alexander worked out of a pair of two-out infield errors in the third with one of her five strikeouts.
“She does a good job of hitting her spots most of the time. She’s very consistent,” Taylor said. “She’s going to get up there and compete.”
Baldwyn added a run in the second as Riley beat out an infield single and scored on a wild pitch.
Jorda Waters walked to start the bottom of the third and Riley followed a walk and single with a two-run double for a 7-0 lead.
Baldwyn added a fielder’s choice from Maggie Martin and an RBI triple from Tyes in the five-run third.
Walnut (4-10, 0-4) lost six seniors from a year ago and plays a young lineup, including sophomore starting pitcher Briana James.
“We’ve filled those holes with a bunch of kids who haven’t had a lot of playing time. The errors that we make, the bobbles we make, it’s all inexperience,” Walnut coach Kelley Hopper said. “I hate to lose, but we saw improvement in some things we’ve been struggling with.”