Baldwin High baseball’s Senior Night did not disappoint, as the Braves took Washington County into extra innings at home before earning an 8-7 victory.
In nine innings, the Braves came from behind three times, twice to tie the game up and the last time to earn the win in the bottom of the ninth.
“It was one of those games that you really enjoy being a part of because it was just back and forth. It was just a great, great game on both ends,” Donnie Coburn, head coach, said. “We were down three times and we came back three times. To see us come out on Senior Night, when the emotions are already high, against a good Washington County team, just shows the character they have.”
Coburn was proud of how everyone who stepped on the field made some contribution to the win, whether it was setting up plays on defense or executing the right call at the plate.
“Everybody that was in the game did something that kept us in the game,” he said.
Leading the Braves offensively was Allen Turner, going 3-for-4 at bat with three RBI, followed by Eli Rouse who went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Mason Bartlett had a big game going 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jarrett Todd finished 1-for-5 on the night with a big RBI.
Other notable performances came from Tylan Eunice who went 3-for-5, Corey Dunn finishing 2-for-4 at the plate, LaDarius Thomas and Anthony Watson both going 2-for-5 and Brandon Knowles stepped up and went 1-for-2 for BHS.
“Our relentless attack at the plate is what got us,” Coburn said. “It was good, good baseball.”
The Braves’ also defended well as Todd pitched the first two innings before relinquishing the duty over to Dunn who took the team through six innings, keeping BHS in the game.
Rouse wrapped things up in the last inning and a third, earning one strikeout against the Golden Hawks.
Coburn was moved by the way his team performed on defense Wednesday night.
“Allen Turner’s outfield play and Eli Rouse on the mound, has been phenomenal all year,” Coburn said.
“Jarrett Todd pitched two innings, and then we moved him to right field and the play he made throwing the guy out at home was phenomenal.”
Wednesday’s win was an emotional one for Coburn and the Braves, not only because of the drama related to BHS coming from behind three times, but also because of what seniors Kevin Keuhn, Montavious Harris, William Tada Harvey, Eunice, Dunn, Thomas, Todd and Watson all mean to the program.
“It’s real emotional for me. Their character has been unreal, and it’s been like that for the last four years,” Coburn said. “Last night just showed their character. They’ve been the backbone and helped solidify the program.”
Facing a tough Washington County squad, Coburn believes Wednesday night was the Braves’ night to shine.
“To win like we did, is what I was more impressed with. We literally snatched a victory from them,” he said. “They’re a solid team, but the bottom line is we were destined to win last night. These kids just did not want to lose.”