The Union Recorder

March 1, 2013

BHS preps for Northeast today, golf tourney benefit on Saturday

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin High’s baseball team showed glimpses of success Wednesday night, despite losing to Washington County 18-10 on the road.

With the rain a common occurrence in the first week of high school baseball season, the Braves had taken the field twice, both times in game situations with no practice due to the recent field conditions.

“We’ve been on the field in a two-week span, two times,” Donnie Coburn, head coach, said. “The bottom line is we haven’t had any practice time. With all this rain, we can’t get on our fields.”

Although practices have been limited, Coburn was still pleased with the performance of his guys on Wednesday night.

“Saw a lot of good tonight,” he said. “For not a lot of game experience I didn’t think the kids played too bad.”

The part of Wednesday night’s game that Coburn values most is that BHS forced the Golden Hawks to play the full seven innings while not giving up.

“We made them go seven, so for me that’s a turning point for the season,” he said. “They just didn’t lay down.”

BHS notched more than 10 hits in the contest — only the team’s third game this season.

“We had 12 hits, which after a couple games I thought that was pretty well,” Coburn said. “I think this team has a lot of potential.”

Corey Dunn and Tylan Eunice led the team with three hits each, with Ladarius Thomas and Anthony Watson following with two each.

Eli Rouse and Tada Harvey also performed well for the Braves, each getting a hit on Wednesday night.

Coburn was pleased with the team’s hitting against Washington County, and with the pitching from his young players.

“Again, I thought hitting and pitching didn’t do too bad. I thought overall, this group did well,” he said. “We’ve just got to get more experience on the field.”

BHS will play again today on the road, against Northeast at 4:45 p.m., followed by the Sixth Baldwin Braves Baseball Golf Tournament on Saturday, at Little Fishing Creek beginning with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Coburn said. “Overall, it’s going to be a really neat time. We invite everybody out and enjoy some golf.”

The tournament will feature a two-person scramble with prizes awarded to the winners of the closest-to-defend and longest drive contests.

“We’ve had great response before, so we’re hoping to have good response coming up to this one and everything,” Coburn said.

Coburn and the Braves hope to have a large turnout, as the tournament is the biggest fundraiser the team has all year.

“We want to invite as many that can to come out and help. This is one of our bigger fundraisers for the baseball season, and hopefully the weather will break for a little bit and let everyone come out,” Coburn said. “The biggest thing is we have 36 kids who will benefit. Overall, it is a big help for the Baldwin County baseball program.”