Dixie County loses to Baldwin in district final

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.

Baldwin stormed to their second consecutive district 7-1A title Thursday night, rolling past Dixie County, 11-1, in six innings at host Newberry High School.

The Indians were led by senior pitcher Ashley Lane’s three-hit gem, and an offense that capitalized off several Bears errors. Lane’s outing followed a no-hitter in their tournament victory Tuesday against Chiefland.

“She really wants to win, and she’s carrying our team right now,” first-year coach Jennifer Shields said of Lane.

The district title was the second in a row for top-seeded Baldwin and the first for Shields.

“We expected to be here,” Shields said. “We were just hitting the ball, being patient, jumping on strikes, which is what we had to do.”

Lane’s only mistake was a solo homer from Dixie County’s Jolene Sanders, a center-field shot that put the Bears ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning.

In the bottom of the frame, Baldwin took over. Breanna Swanson’s sacrifice fly scored Caitlin Todd to tie the game. Kristy Granville followed with a single to score Heather Hendricks from third. Later in the inning, Alexis Branch ripped a double to left to bring home Granville and Kayla Kight.

Baldwin added three more runs in the third, led by a single from Kayla Williams that plated Makayla Anderson. Williams was soon brought home after a Bears’ throwing error, and Heather Hendricks scored off a fielder’s choice.

Dixie County left-hander Taylor Newman came in the fourth inning and pitched two scoreless innings to quiet Baldwin. It didn’t last, though, as the Indians gained momentum in the sixth inning, starting with a two-run double by Lacy McClellan to bring the score to 9-1.

Hendricks capped the scoring for Baldwin, crossing the plate after a wild throw that ended the game.

“They didn’t do anything we weren’t expecting,” Dixie County coach Gary Jones said. “We just misplayed some balls and made some errors. When you play a good team, you pay the price.”

Baldwin plays the loser of the Taylor/The Villages District 8-1A final. Dixie County will play the winner of the final.

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