It has already proven to be a tough week in the dugout of the Baldwin High Braves baseball team at home, as the team notched its second loss of the week last night against Veterans, the No. 1 ranked team in region 2-AAA, only a day after falling to West Laurens, the other No. 1 team in the region, Monday, April 23.
The Braves reached deep into their bullpen against the Warhawks, but the effort was not enough as BHS fell 5-15 on the night.
“It’s hard because we have four games in a row this week, and the kids knew it going in that we just don’t have the arms that everybody else has got,” Donnie Coburn, head coach, said. “I don’t think we got the arms to play four, and even if we did, it would still be tough.”
According to Coburn, the Braves have played well thus far, displaying strong defense against both number one teams in the region.
“We played the number one and number one teams; they’re both tied, and they’re both unreal with their pitching, and that’s why they’re first place,” he said. “I think on both nights, we didn’t play bad. We’ve played pretty good defense overall with just our pitching, and they’ve hit the ball, but we didn’t quit.”
Offensively, BHS had John Whidby, senior, go 2-2 at the plate while his fellow seniors DeAndre Thomas and Robert Jones each notched a hit each on the night.
Ty Chambers, freshman, and Cory Dunn, junior, each picked up an RBI against the Warhawks.
“We just couldn’t put it all together and hold on, and we couldn’t come through with the clutch hit when they did,” Coburn said. “I’m proud of the guys for not letting it swallow them up and just leave.”
On the mound, the Braves saw four pitchers in Skyler Moore, senior, Eli Rouse, freshman, Dunn and Jones, with Rouse picking up the only strikeout against Veterans.
“I thought the arms that we threw tonight, Rouse, Dunn, Skyler and Jones, all did a good job,” Coburn said. “I don’t think we made but two errors again, so you know, it’s not like we’re not playing good; the fact of the matter is we’re playing some very good teams.”
With such a large deficit to make up late in the game, Coburn played some of his younger players, and he was pleased with the outcome.
“We’re going to be all right. Our freshmen group is a good group, and they made the plays tonight,” Coburn said. “That’s what you need. I’m excited about the future of the program.”
After a long season that saw many ups and downs, Coburn is proud of the Braves and excited to finish the team’s last two contests out on a good note.
“This group has shown that they’re competitive in a very tough region,” he said. “They’ve stayed fired up, they’ve stayed enthusiastic and there are some kids who wouldn’t have showed up today. I would go to war with this group.”
The BHS baseball team will play tonight at home for the last time this season against Central-Macon beginning with a presentation for the Braves’ seniors at 5:20 p.m. and the game immediately following.