MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin High baseball enjoyed a three-run lead for the first three innings of the contest against Washington County at home on Friday night, Feb. 28, before ultimately falling 16-5 in five innings.
The Braves held a 5-2 lead until the top of the fourth inning, at which point the team gave up 8 runs to the Golden Hawks to relinquish their lead for the remainder of the contest.
“I felt like early in the game, we did everything we were supposed to—we played good defense, we hit the ball well—we did what we had to do,” head coach Donnie Coburn said. “We just got a little misfortune later on as far as some calls not going our way.”
Starting off on the mound for BHS was first-timer Michael Durden, who went three innings and earned 3 strikeouts while giving up only 2 unearned runs.
“Real early in the game, I was really proud of Michael Durden,” Coburn said. “It was his first start as a varsity pitcher—he’s been in the JV ranks. Michael pitched extremely good.”
Coburn was not only pleased with Durden, but also the rest of the Braves’ pitching staff, despite the loss.
“I thought each pitcher was very well composed tonight, and was around the zones,” he said.
Though frustrated at the calls made in Friday nights game by the officials, Coburn still believes his top-nine batters played well against WACO.
Leading the way was Durden, who finished the night 1-2 at the plate with 2 RBI, followed by James Harsey who went 1-2 with an RBI.
Other BHS players contributing to the team’s offensive efforts were Allen Turner, Brandon Knowles and Eli Rouse, all of who went 1-2 against the Golden Hawks pitching staff.
“In our line-up one through nine I feel comfortable, just like our pitching,” Coburn said. “I feel one through nine, we’re capable of everyone hitting. We sent 10 to the plate in the first inning. We played some good small-ball tonight, but again, the late innings is what unraveled on us.”
While the loss on Friday night was tough to swallow for the Braves, Coburn quickly points out that this year’s squad is a young one, but full of chemistry.
“I know it got away from us late, but we were looking at some kids that are young too,” he said. “I really like the karma of this team—the make-up of it.”