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Baldwin 12, Louisburg 0

In its home opener on April 17, Louisburg faced a little adversity as the Wildcats lost the first game of their doubleheader with Baldwin, 12-0.

The nightcap, however, was a different story as the Wildcats had two big innings that propelled them to a 10-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

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Sophomore Garrett Harding calmed the waters for Louisburg as he allowed just one run on three hits and also struck out a pair of batters.

“Garrett helped establish how game two was going to end,” Louisburg coach Joel McGhee said. “He threw two 1-2-3 innings, got the leadoff batter out in five innings, and had two innings that he threw 13 or fewer pitches. He challenges each batter he faces, making the batters work to get hits. He steps on the rubber and throws hard – a pretty no non-sense approach. He does a good job locating his pitches, allowing the defense to back him up.”

Louisburg junior Noah Larson connects for a base hit on April 17 against Baldwin at Lewis-Young Park.

The Wildcat offense gave Harding an early lead to work with as they scored four runs in the first inning and added six more in the sixth to all but seal the win.

Harding helped his own cause as he led the Wildcat offense with three hits and 3 RBIs, while Garrett Caldwell had a single, a double and 2 RBIs and Nate Swenson also had a pair of hits.

Beckett Rasmussen also finished the game with two hits, while Chase Norton and Jakob Krause each had a double.

“Things went south quick in the first game against Baldwin,” McGhee said. “We gifted several extra outs and Baldwin took full advantage of them and their bats came alive. They had some hard hit balls to the gaps and ran the bases well. We could have kept our heads down in game two, but the guys bounced back. They were not going to stay down and got a big win for us.”