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Blues Drop Heartbreaker to Topeka Senators in Summer Classic

The Baldwin City Blues had opportunities against the Topeka Senators in the final innings of Wednesday's opening round game of the Mid Plains League Summer Classic.  However Blues' batters were unable to capitalize on Senators' pitching and dropped the game 3-2. 

The game saw the Senators jump out to a lead in the 1st inning following a hit by SS Ryan Colombo, a throwing error by the Blues and a sacrifice fly to left field.  Blues starting pitcher Mark Biesma quickly righted the ship and got out of the inning without further damage and the Blues trailing 1-0.

Left Fielder Ben Calvano led off the bottom of the 1st with a double to center field.  The Blues did not move Calvano to third base following a failed SAC bunt.  Tyler Moore's hard smash to third was snagged on a nice diving stop by Chase Knott, keeping Calvano at second.  Center fielder Jacob Spring then grounded out to third base ending the Blues' threat.

Biesma's competitive attitde kept the Blues in the game through 4 innings as the Washburn product mixed his pitches well.  The Senators were retired in order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings.  However, the Blues remained unable to get anything going offensively, squandering baserunners in each of the first four innings. 

The Senators would score a single run in the 5th inning making the score 2-0.  The Blues were finally able to score a run in the bottom of the 6th inning.  However the two run differential would be re-established after the Senators were able to pick up a single run in the top of the 7th. 

Following a strike out, Ben Calvano got a solid double to center field. CJ Faddis then earned a Base on Balls.  Senators' pitching ace, Ryan Colombo then entered the game an threw two wild piches scoring Calvano and allowing CJ Faddis to tet to third. Colombo then settled dow and got a strike out of Tyler Moore. Jaco Spring was also struck out by Colombo ending the game 3-2.

The Blues will next play at 7:00 PM Fiday against the loser of the Junction City Brigade and Topeka Senators game scheduled for 4 PM on Friday.

Blues Sweep Rattlers in Final Home Double Header

On a July evening more likened to a date in October, the Baldwin City Blues used potent hitting and strong pitching to defeat the Rossville Rattlers in both games of Monday's double header at Sauder Field.  Shortstop, Ben Calvano led the hitting attack combining for the "Double Header Cycle" over the two games.  Calvano led game one off with a towering shot over the left field fence to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead.  Although the game was eventually tied by the Rattlers in the top of the 4th, Designated Hitter D'Andre Heggie made sure that Rossville would get no closer in the bottom half of the inning.  With Center Fielder Jacob Spring on 2B following his lead off double, Heggie blasted a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to make the score 3-1.  The Blues would score 3 more runs in the 6th inning following a single by Right Fielder Calin McCourt, a triple by Calvano, and a double by second baseman CJ Faddis.  Faddis would score after stealing 3B and coming home on a wide throw by Rossville. 

Sam Whim started on the hill for Baldwin City and pitched 5 strong innings, striking out 6 and walking only 2 Rossville batters.  Fellow Mid America Nazarene product Zach Stinnett replaced Whim in the 6th inning, recording 3 strike outs while giving up two meaningless singles. 

Game two again saw the Blues use timely hitting and solid pitching to secure the win.  RHP Conner Taylor started for the Blues and went 4 solid innings.  Taylor did not allow a run against the Rattlers and gave up only 3 hits.  Taylor had very good control of his high 80's fastball as well as his sharp breaking slider.  Bret Harris relieved Taylor in the 5th and showed why he is a work horse for the Blues.  Harris again had great command of all his pitches and kept the Rattlers at bay.  Baker University Ace Jimmy Gricol entered the game in the 6th and mixed pitches to baffle the Rattlers.  It was Gricol's second solid outing for the Blues and proved why he was a mainstay in Coach Phil Hannon's Baker Wildcat pitching rotation.  Zach Stinnett agained closed the game for the Blues, making quick work of the Rattlers.

Offensively the Blues were led by Calvano who singled, doubled and tripled in the game.  Jacob Spring also showed offensive punch by sending a 2-0 fastball over the light standard in left field and into the front yard of the home across the street.  The homerun may have been one of the longest ever hit at Sauder Field.  Tyler Moore and CJ Faddis also singled and doubled in the game.  Earlier hits were also recorded by Zack Atchison and Calin McCourt.  

The two wins evened the Blues season record at 16 wins and 16 losses.  The Blues will begin play on Wednesday at 4:00 PM in Junction City as the Mid Plains League Championship Tournament is contested for the 1st time.    

Blues Hosting Final Double Header at Sauder Field Tonight

Come out to Sauder Field tonight as they take on the Rossville Rattlers in a double header beginning at 6:00 PM.  A second game will begin at 8:00 PM.  Cheer on your Blues Team as they prepare for the Mid Plains League Championship beginning Wednesday in Junction City.  Free Baker University T-Shirts. 

Blues Recap Coming

A recap of the Blues final week of play coming.  The Blues have been playing well since the All Star break, sweeping the Topeka Senators after dropping 2 games to the Junction City Brigade in Junction City. 

Blues Players Come Up Big in Mid Plains League All Star Game

The Baldwin City Blues were a huge factor in the inagural Mid Plains League All Star Game Saturday night in Junction City.  The game pitted the Mid Plains All Stars against the KCABL All Stars at historic Rathert Stadium.  Approximately 750 fans came out on a great evening to enjoy the match-up and take in a post game fire works show sponsored by the Junction City Brigade. 

The Mid Plains League All Stars got on the board 1st on the strength of Mid West A's Catcher, Matt Fultz's solo home run in the 2nd inning.  The 1-0 lead would stand until the 5th inning when the KCABL team errupted for 4 runs, putting them ahead 4-1.  The Blues All Star members (Ben Calvano, Tanner Foerschler, Tyler Moore and CJ Faddis) then entered the game and the outcome would be effected as a result.

Ben Calvano made the defensive play of the game when he ran down and dived for a line drive off the bat of KCABL right fielder, Ken Thomas; preventing extra bases and an additional run on the board.  Tanner Foreschler and CJ Faddis also showed good plate presence and forced the KCABL fielders to make strong plays to keep them off the base paths. 

Blues pitcher Mark Biesma came into the game in the top of the 9th with the Mid Plains League All Stars still down 4-1.  Biesma threw exceptionally well getting the KCABL batters in order with a weak pop up to 2B and two strikeouts. 

KCABL closer Kyle Watt then entered the game in the bottom of the 9th.  After a walk,single and hit batter Blues Catcher Tyler Moore stepped to the plate.  Moore let a letter high fastball go and fell behind in the count 0-1.  Then Watt delivered a belt high fastball that was to Moore's liking.  The All Star Catcher swung and crushed the pitch over the left center field fence for an amazing Grand Slam walk off home run.  

Mark Biesma earned the win and the fans in attendance left Rathert Stadium following great fireworks displays during and after the game.   

Baldwin City Blues Wish Everyone a Great Independence Day

Have a same and enjoyable Independence Day Holiday.  

The Baldwin City Blues next home games will be July 10 in a double header matchup with the Junction City Brigade.  Game times will be 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  Come out and enjoy some great collegiate baseball.  

Mid Plains All Star Team Announced

The Baldwin City Blues will have 5 players participating in the 2014 Mid Plains All Star Game in Junction City, Kansas.  The game is scheduled for a 7:00 PM start at historic Ratherth Stadium with pre-game festivities beginning at 4:00 PM. 

Blues players who will be participating are:

  • Tyler Moore                     C            Kansas State University 
  • Ben Calvano                    OF           Johnson County Community College
  • Tanner Foerschler          1B            Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • CJ Faddis                       INF         Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Mark Biesma                    P            Washburn University/Kansas State University

"I believe the Blues will be well represented in Junction City" noted GM Michael Moore. 

McCourt Goes Yard in Biesma/Mason Pitching Gem Against A's

Baldwin City Blues right fielder Calin McCourt is known more for his defense than his slugging percentage.  The Rockhurst University standout had numerous assists during his all conference award winning season for the Hawks and has been solid for the Blues in the outfield during the 2014 Mid Plains season.  However, after Wednesday night's towering shot over the left field fence at the Midwest A's Calin officially became a "bash brother."  "I'm not sure he's used to the home run trot" commented GM Michael Moore. "He basically sprinted around the bases."  McCourt's homerun helped spark a 5-1 victory for the Blues against the league leading A's. 

Washburn University standout Mark Biesma started on the hill for the Blues.  Biesma was commanding through his 7 complete innings allowing only 1 run to the hard hitting Midwest A's.  Biesma struck out 7 A's hitters and allowed only 4 hits.  He had control of his pitches all night; mixing a 90 mph fastball with precise off speed pitches.  "We know Mark will always give us a good outing.  Tonight he was very good" remarked Blues skipper Chris Faddis.

In the 8th the Blues turned the ball over to the League's top closer, Greg Mason.  Mason, another Washburn pitching weapon has been unhittable throughout the Mid Plains League season.  Wednesday would be no different as Mason made quick work of the remaining A's batters.  "His ball is just nasty, doing that loopdy stuff" noted Blues hurler Logan DeRosier.  "He's got that DI stuff."  Three of Mason's six outs were by strikeout and the other 3 came by the way of pop ups and ground outs.  "Greg is the best closer in the League.  He's really become a dominant pitcher" commented Faddis. 

Offensively the Blues were bouyed by CJ Faddis (2 singles), Ben Calvano (2 singles), Tyler Moore (single, 2 doubles), Adam Valencia (2 singles), Zac Atchison (single), Tanner Foerschler (double) and newcomer Miles Shelton (2 singles).  Shelton also made several nice catches in left field, providing the defensive spark the Blues had been lacking.  "He's a really nice pick-up" remarked Moore. 

However the buzz on the night seemed to be McCourt's bomb.  Then Calin's younger brother Ryan (2013 Blues member) added his own perspective on his sibling's hit.  "You know I worked with him on his swing."  True gospel uttered by a pitcher.  

 Blues Lose 2nd Consecutive Game Against Midwest A's 

The Baldwin City Blues put up a much better effort against the Midwest A's on Tuesday in Peculiar, Missouri.  Although an opening 9-2 loss was difficult to process, the Blues were determined to make the middle game with the A's more competitive. 

Left handed pitching ace Nick Fountain started on the mound for the Blues.  Fountain, formerly of Southern Arkansas University had great command of all three of his pitches and did not allow an earned run until the 5th inning.  Fountain also struck out 6 before giving way to Jacob Lux in the bottom of the 7th.  Lux also threw well and did not give up an earned run.  

Offensively the Blues were led by CJ Faddis (Southwestern Oklahoma State) with a double, stolen base and base on balls, Adam Valencia (Washburn) single and hit by pitch, Ben Calvano (JCCC) two singles, Jake Theis (uncommitted) single and double, and Calin McCourt (Rockhurst) RBI double. 

Down 3-1 in the top of the 9th, the Blues used a double by Theis, a walk to Atchison, and a single by Adam Valencia to cut into the A's lead.  The game ended on a great throw by the A's right fielder to cut down Blues third baseman, Zack Atchison who had attempted to score from 2B on Valencia's drive to right field.  

The Blues looked to get back on track on Wednesday when they traveled to Peculiar, Missouri for the final game of their 3 game series.  

Blues Come Up on the Short End in Opening Game vs. A's

The Baldwin City Blues visited an old rival in Peculiar, Missouri for a three game series beginning Monday.  The Midwest A's, previously a member of the Ban Johnson League had battled the Blues the past 2 years, routinely coming up on the short end of the final score.  The Blues had won the Ban Johnson League the previous two summers and the A's always seemed to be the team standing in their way.  This summer however it had been the A's that were at the top of the league and the Blues were the team that had come up short in the games played to date; losing the series at Sauder Field 2-1 earlier in June.  The Blues hoped to be a spoiler in the A's attempt to solidify their Mid Plains League lead.

Monday evening saw the A's use the long ball in three successive innings to build a 6-0 lead after 4 innings of play.  A single and home run in the 2nd inning; a bases on balls and a home run in the 3rd inning and a single and home run in the 4th inning were all the offense the A's would need as the Blues bats never got on track.  The Blues managed only 3 hits on the night (Tyler Moore, 2 singles and Andy Muehlberger, single) to plate a mere 2 runs.  Then just for good measure the A's would score 3 more times to make the final score 9-2.  

Blues starting pitcher Marcus Cross was credited with the loss after surrendering 8 hits and 6 runs in his 4 innings of work.  Cross also struck out 5 and walked two Midwest A's hitters.  Bret Harris replaced Cross in the 5th and pitched 3 solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits.  Harris struck out one A's batter and did not allow a walk.  Zach Stinnett then replaced Harris in the bottom of the 8th.  Stinnett displayed outstanding control and did not allow a hit while striking out 2 Midwest A's hitters. 

 Junction City Rainout Scheduled for July 10

The Baldwin City Blues will play a Mid Plains League double header vs. the Junction City Brigade on July 10 at Sauder Field.  The games will take the place of the 9 inning contest originally scheduled with the Haysville Aviators.  Game times are 6PM and 8PM. 

 Blues Lose Series Finale to Golden Giants

A four run 1st inning proved to be all the offense the Golden Giants would need in defeating the Blues 5-1 last Saturday in Topeka.  Defense again let down the Blues as the Giants would score 3 times after errors.  Zach Stinnett started for the Blues and pitched 4 innings, giving up 2earned runs.  Nick Fountain pitched 3 strong innings, giving up 0 earned runs in his 3 innings of work.  Greg Mason then pitched the final frame and did not allow a base runner, striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced. 

Offensively the Blues received hits from Ben Calvano (single), Adam Valencia (single), and Kalin McCourt (2 singles).  "It wasn't our best effort" remarked Manager Chris Faddis.  "We have to do a better job on defense to help out our pitchers.  Our offense also has to be more consistent."

The Blues began a 3 game series with the Midwest A's on Monday in Peculiar, Missouri.  Game highlights will be posted. 

Moore's Grand Slam Propels the Blues to Blowout Victory

Baldwin City's Tyler Moore stood at the plate in the top of the 5th inning with the Blues in a 2-2 deadlock with the Golden Giants.  Having lost the previous night 9-2 the Blues needed a big hit to break out on top and Moore would deliver in a big way.  With the bases loaded Moore sent the Giants first offering deep into the left field horizon and into the trees beyond the left field wall.  The 4 run blast would prove to be a back breaker for the Giants as the Blues would tack on 5 more runs in the inning to take a commanding 11-2 lead.  The Blues would score 3 more times in the closing 3 innings to run rule the Golden Giants 14-3. 

Mark Biesma, RHP started on the mound for the Blues and pitched well, giving up 2 earned runs during his 6 innings of work.  Biesma also struck out 4 Golden Giant hitters.  Zack Stinnett, RHP relieved Biesma in the 7th and threw a perfect inning, recording one strikeout.  Greg Mason, RHP then closed out the game for the Blues recording 2 strikeouts in his 1, 2, 3 inning. 

Offensively the Blues got hits from Ben Calvano (2 singles, triple, 2 RBI's), Adam Valencia (double, 2 RBI's),   Moore ( single, double, homerun, 4 RBI's), Kyle Clifton (2 singles), Tanner Foerschler (double), Stu Jeck (double, 2 RBI's), Zack Atchison (double, RBI), Jake Theis (2 singles) and Zach Stinnett (single, double, RBI). 

Blues Drop Opening Game against Golden Giants in Topeka

The Baldwin City Blues lost their opening game against the Topeka Golden Giants last Thursday in Topeka 9-3.  The Blues committed 5 errors in the 1st inning, spotting the Golden Giants a 6-0 lead.  Although the team settled down the final 8 frames, the deficit was too much for the Blues to overcome.  Nick Fountain, LHP threw well in relief giving up 0 earned runs in his 5 innings of work.  Jacob Lux, LHP came in to pitch the final inning and got the Giants in order, recording a strikeout for the final out.  Offensively the Blues got hits from Ben Calvano (single), Kyle Clifton (single), Tanner Foerschler (single), Stu Jeck (single) and CJ Faddis (2 singles). 

July 3 Games with Rossville to be Rescheduled

The July 3, 2014 double header between the Baldwin City Blues and the Rossville Rattlers has been postponed.  The games will be re-scheduled for a later date.  Please check the website for further details. 

Washburn Coach, Steve Anson

The Kansas Baseball Coaching Community suffered a tragic loss on Sunday with the passing of Washburn Coaching legend Steve Anson.  Anson was killed in a tree trimming accident on his property outside of Topeka, Kansas.  Coach Anson was a true gentleman, mentor and friend to anyone he met.  He was a "player's coach" who would not hesitate to take whatever time was necessary to help someone in need.  He was an incredible influence on the thousands of players he coached and the community in which he lived.  The Baldwin City Blues join the Topeka community in mourning Coach Anson.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Rossville Series Rescheduled

The 3 game series between the Rossville Rattlers and the Baldwin City Blues has been rescheduled.  A 7 inning double header will now occur on July 3.  A single 9 inning game will take place on July 14.  All three games will be contested at historic Sauder Field. 

Blues Series with Junction City Rained Out

Although the plant kingdom was enjoying the 5+ inches of rain that fell on Sauder Field, The Baldwin City Blues found the excess liquid unaccomodating in their series with the Junction City Brigade.  Attempts to complete one of the games in Junction City was also thwarted as heavy rains fell on Rathert Stadium 2 hours before the Blues were scheduled to arrive.  As a result the games will be made up in July.

Blues Drop a Heartbreaker to Topeka on Saturday Night

The Baldwin City Blues were looking to avenge their opening game loss to the Topeka Golden Giants with a victory Saturday night.  If they were able to do so the Blues would claim the series and move within 2 games of the first place Junction City Brigade. 

Like they had done for much of the early part of the season, the Blues jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on the strength of several key hits and well played, fundamental baseball.  The Blues used singles by CJ Faddis (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), Calin McCourt (Rockhurst), Ben Calvano (JCCC),  Adam Valencia (Washburn University) and Tyler Moore (Kansas State) to secure the lead for the Blues through 4 innings of play. 

The Golden Giants answered the Blues with 2 runs in the top of the 5th inning off starting pitcher Jacob Lux (Uncommitted).  Lux allowed only an unearned run in the 2nd inning up to that point.  Although Lux struck out two Golden Giant hitters in the 5th a walk and three hits led to the 2 runs.  The Blues maintained a 4-3 lead through 6 complete innings.

The Giants then errupted for 6 runs in the 7th after getting several "Texas Leaguers," two errors and a base on balls.  Things looked bleak for the Blues and lesser teams might have "mailed it in" at that point.  However, the Baldwin City Blues showed no signs of quitting.  The Blues answered in their half of the 7th with 2 runs after CJ Faddis stroked a line single to left field to score Tyler Moore and Calin McCourt singled inTanner Foerschler (KCKCC).  However, the Blues rally would stall and the Golden Giants maintained a 9-6 lead after 7.

The Blues failed to plate a run in the 8th after getting runners to 2nd a 3rd with two outs.  The Blues would not buckle.  In the 9th the Blues scored runs on Zack Atchison's single to left field to score Foerschler and Jake Theis (Uncommitted) single to right field to score Atchison.  The Blues then had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. However, Golden Giants pitcher Conner Crimmins (Washburn) was able to get the final out and securing the Golden Giants 9-8 win over the Blues.  The loss represented the 6th 1 run defeat for the Blues this summer. 

Offensively the Blues were led by Calvano (3 singles), Valencia (2 singles, run scored), Moore (single, BB, run scored), Kyle Clifton (Park, RBI single), Foerschler (single, 2 runs scored), Faddis (3 singles, 2 RBI's), McCourt (2 singles, RBI), Zack Atchison (MNU, single, run scored) and Theis (single, double, RBI). 

Lux, Zack Stinnett (MNU), Bret Harris (Coffeyville CC) and Greg Mason (Washburn) all pitched for the Blues and showed effective pitch selection throughout the game.   

Blues Split with Golden Giants in Friday Night Double Header

The Baldwin City Blues split their double header against the Topeka Golden Giants Friday night at Sauder Field.  The Blues lost the first game 7-6 in a back and forth affair that saw the Blues erase a four run Golden Giants lead in the bottom of the 5th inning.  The Giants responded with a single run in the top of the 6th after a HBP and two stolen bases by Giant's SS and former Blues player Jake Wodtke.  The Blues then loaded the bases in the bottom of the 6th, however were unable to push the tying run across.  A 1,2,3 final frame sealed the Blues fate.

Right handed pitcher Marcus Cross (Crowder College) started Game One for the Blues and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 2 Golden Giants batters.  Zach Stinnett (MNU) replaced Cross in the 5th and gave up 1 earned run in his 2 1/3 innings of work.  Stinnett allowed 3 hits and struck out one. 

Offensively the Blues were led by Ben Calvano (JCCC) with a single and two runs scored; Adam Valencia (Washburn) with 2 singles and a run scored; Kyle Clifton (Park) with a triple and 3 RBI's; Tanner Foerschler (KCKCC) with a single, triple and 2 RBI's; Zack Atchison (MNU) with a single and walk and Nick Fountain (Southern Arkansas) with a single and a run scored.

Game Two saw the Blues score 7 runs on 7 hits in their 7-3 victory over KU starting pitcher Colin Toalson and the Golden Giants.  The Blues also worked Giant's pitching to collect 9 free passes.  The Blues were led offensively by Ben Calvano with a double, 4 stolen bases, 3 runs scored on 3 walks; Adam Valencia with a double and triple, 3 RBI's and a stolen base; Tyler Moore (Kansas State) with two singles and two RBI's; and CJ Faddis (Southwestern Oklahoma State University) with a 2 RBI double.

Nick Fountain started game two for Baldwin City and showed deft pitching skills in mixing a strong fastball with nice off speed pitches to keep the Golden Giants off balance most of the night.  The crafty LHP forced four 1,2,3 innings for the Giants, giving up two runs on 2 hits.  Fountain also struck out 5 and issued only two free passes. 

Fountain was relieved by Bret Harris (Coffeyville CC) in the 6th.  Harris' hard to read arm angles left the Golden Giants bewildered and he was quickly able to get the final two outs of the inning on a strikeout and a caught stealing by Catcher Tyler Moore.  Greg Mason (Washburn) then closed the game for the Blues by throwing 9 pitches in the 7th inning. 

Blues Bats Come Alive to Throttle A's in Series Finale

The Baldwin City Blues used a "Baker's Dozen +1" of extremely hard hits to thrash the Midwest A's 8-3 in the closing game of their 3 game series at Sauder Field.   The 14 hits marked the 2nd time that the Blues had gone over the 12 hit mark this season.  "It was good to see our players get in good swings.  We finally got the key hits against the A's" remarked Blues skipper Chris Faddis.  "We seemed to have an approach tonight at the plate.  I am happy at the way we swung the bats."

On the mound, Jacob Lux (uncommitted) pitched 5 2/3 very strong innings, allowing 2 runs on a mere 4 hits.  The left handed pitcher from Oklahoma mixed a mid 80's fastball with a sharp breaking slider and well placed change up to keep the A's hitters off balance.  "Jacob really kept them off balance tonight.  They never looked comfortable with him in there" remarked Faddis.  Lux was replaced with 2 outs in the 6th inning by reliever Bret Harris (Coffeyville CC) who continued the fine pitching for the Blues.  Harris did not allow a run through the 9th inning, striking out 2 and allowing only 2 hits.  Andy Muehlberger (Coffeyville CC) then closed the game in the 9th by getting a flyball out to short right field and a strike out to end the game.  "We were thin on pitching tonight and these three really stepped up to get this win" remarked GM Michael Moore. 

Offensively the Blues received hits from Ben Calvano (JCCC) RBI triple; Adam Valencia (Washburn) 2 singles, 2 SACs, 2 RBIs; Kyle Clifton (Park University) single, double, SAC; Tyler Moore (Kansas State) double, 2 HBP, walk; Stu Jeck (Rockhurst) double, walk, 2 RBIs; Tanner Foerschler (Kansas City Kansas CC) 2 singles, SAC, 2RBIs; CJ Faddis (Southwestern Oklahoma State) 2 singles; Calin McCourt (Rockhurst) 2 singles and Cam Johnson (Missouri State) single.  "It was nice to see everyone in the line up get at least one hit" remarked Moore.

The Blues next take on the Topeka Golden Giants in a double header Friday night at Sauder Field.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM. 

Blues Unable to Hold Lead Against A's in Game Two

The Baldwin City Blues came away with a second consecutive loss against the Midwest A's in game two of their double header Monday night.  Starting pitcher Mark Biesma (Kansas State) threw 5 1/3 extremely solid innings against the A's, striking out 5 while walking just 1.  Biesma left the game in the 6th with the Blues leading the A's 2-1. 

In the 7th the A's used a walk, 2 hit batters and a single to score 2 runs and take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning.  The Blues were unable to answer and lost the the game 3-2. 

Offensively the Blues were led by Catcher Tyler Moore (Kansas State) who got an RBI single in the 1st when he knocked in Adam Valencia (Washburn) who had previously walked.  Then in the 4th inning Moore sent a 1-1 offering to deep left field off the top of the foul pole for his 2nd home run of the season.  The blast extended the Blues lead to 2-0.

The Blues only other hit on the evening was recorded by Kyle Clifton (Park University) who hit a line drive single to left field in the 1st inning. 

The loss dropped the Blues to 5-5 on the season. 

Baldwin City Blues Drop Opening Game against Midwest A's

Following an estimated 8 inches of rain over the weekend,Sauder Field more closely resembled Baldwin State Lake than it did a collegiate baseball stadium when the sun rose Monday Morning.  However, thanks to the incredible efforts of Baker University Head Coach Phil Hannon, Blues Head Coach Chris Faddis, Blues GM Michael Moore, Blues Assistant Shawn Moore (Washburn) and a handful of Blues players the field was ready to go a mere 8 hours later.  By game time the miracle that is "Turface" was in full display as the infield looked like it had never been wet.

Left handed pitching machine,Tino Luna (Mid America Nazarene) started for Baldwin City and was intent on not surrendering a run.  Luna's goal was nearly realized as he scattered 6 hits and gave up a mere two runs in his 6 2/3 innings of work.  However the Blues bats were also slumbering and only Tyler Moore (Kansas State) and Adam Valencia (Washburn) were able to get a hit off of the A's pitching.  Moore also produced the Blues only RBI of the game when he tripled in Kyle Clifton (Park University) in the 4th. 

The A's were able to work around two late inning walks to secure the 2-1 victory and drop the Blues season record to 5-4.    

 Blues Complete 3 Game Sweep of Rossville

The long ball was on display Saturday evening in Rossville as the Blues defeated the Rattlers 11-8 in a game that saw a total of 7 home runs hit between the teams.  The Rattlers accounted for 4 of the dingers and the Blues got 3 of their own.  Ben Calvano (JCCC) was the first Blues player to go deep, hitting his 3rd homerun of the season in the Blues game tying 3 run 3rd inning off Kansas State lefty, Jordan Floyd.  Kyle Clifton (Park University) was next in the taking a ball out of the yard when he hit solo game tying shot in the 5th.  Tyler Moore (Kansas State) got the Blues final home run on the evening when he took a 2-1 Kyle McCullough (North Dakota State) fastball over the center field wall for game go ahead 2 RBI dinger in the 7th.  In the end however, it was Blues pitching that would prove to be the deciding factor on the night.

The game between the Blues and Rattlers saw the retirement of legendary Coach/Teacher Bret Cowdin's #14 jersey who tragically passed away in November.  Cowdin was a driving force behind the Rossville Rattlers.  Cowdin also helped form the Topeka Golden Giants team.   He was an area educator and well known high school baseball and football coach.  On field ceremonies kicked off the evening and included Coach Cowdin's family.

Nick Fountain (Southern Arkansas) started on the mound for the Blues.  With a steady 20 mph wind blowing out to right field, Fountain attempted to mix off speed pitches with an effective fastball.  Fountain kept the Rattlers at bay and gave way to Andy Muehlberger (Coffeyville CC) in the 5th with the Blues trailing 6-5.  Muelberger displayed command over a 90+ mph fastball and surrendered only 1 run in his 3 innings of work.  Muehlberger struck out 3 and got numerous ground balls.  Muehlberger left in the 8th with the Blues ahead 8-7.

Bret Harris (Coffeyville CC) replaced Muehlberger and also showed good command on the mound giving up a single run to the heart of the Rattlers order.  Harris closed the game in the 9th by getting a soft ground ball to 3rd base, a strikeout and a harmless liner to second base for the final out. 

Offensively Blues hits were recorded by Calvano, Moore, Clifton, Muehlberger, Adam Valencia (Washburn), CJ Faddis (Southwestern Oklahoma State, 3-5) and Calin McCourt (Rockhurst).  

The win moves the Blues to 5-3 on the season (3-3 Mid Plains League) and within 1 game of 1st place.  The Blues are next in action on Monday in a double header beginning at 6 PM at Sauder Field against the Midwest A's.

Blues Get 2nd League Win against Rossville

The Baldwin City Blues picked up their 2nd Mid Plains League win on Friday night against the Rossville Rattlers.  Using solid pitching, timely hitting and excellent base running, the Blues were able to get by the Rattlers by a final score of 8-4.  The win brings the Blues early season record to 4-3.

Conner Taylor (Coffeyville CC) started on the mound for the Blues and quickly established his upper 80's fastball.  Although the Rattlers were able to get runners on base against the hard throwing right hander, he was able to locate pitches and get outs when needed.  His ability to hit spots resulted in just 1 run in 4 innings of work. 

The Blues offense also continued to produce baserunners.  However the team had difficulty in scoring runs early.  Then, in the top of the 3rd the Blues used a BB to Ben Calvano (JCCC), a single off the right field wall by Tyler Moore (Kansas State) and RBI producing at bats by Kyle Clifton (Park University) and Jacob Spring (Southwestern Oklahoma State) to plate 2 runs and put the Blues in front 2-0. 

The Blues would continue to score throughout the game and utilized great offense by Calvano (3-5, 2 singles, double), Clifton (2-3, 2 singles), Spring (3-5, 3 singles), Adam Valencia (Washburn, 1-3, 2 BB), Zack Atchison (Mid America Nazarene, (1-4, SAC), Tanner Foerschler (KCKCC, 1-3, 2 HBP) and Moore (1-2, 2 SAC, 2 BB).  Moore also showed well behind the plate allowing 0 passed balls and throwing out both Rattlers runners attempting to steal.  

Zach Stinnett (Mid America Nazarene) replaced Taylor in the 5th and pitched 3 strong innings.  Andy Muehlberger (Coffeyville CC)  relieved Stinnett in the 8th and Greg Mason (Washburn) closed the game to secure the win for the Blues.   

The Blues take on the Rattlers Saturday evening in Rossville to close out the 3 game series.  The game will honor legendary coaching great, Brett Cowdin who tragically passed away in November 2013. 

 Baldwin City Blues earn 1st Mid Plains League Win over the Rossville Rattlers.

The Baldwin City Blues earned their 1st Mid Plains League win on Thursday Night with a 5-2 against the Rossville Rattlers  in Rossville, Kansas.  Starting pitcher Mark Biesma (Kansas State) threw extremely well against the Rattlers and allowed only 2 runs for his effort.  Biesma struck out 8 in his 7 complete innings of work.  Bret Harris relieved Biesma in the 8th and he did not allow a hit.  Greg Mason (Washburn) closed the game for the Blues and did not allow a baserunner.   

Offensively the Blues were led by Ben Calvano (JCCC) who had 2 singles and a 3 RBI home run to left field.  Nick Fountain (Southern Arkansas) was not to be outdone and he unleashed a solo shot in the third inning.  Kyle Clifton (Park University), Tanner Foreschler (KCKCC) and Cameron Johnson (Barstow CC) also collected hits on the night.   

Baldwin City Blues Drop 3 to Topeka Senators

After beginning the season with impressive wins over the Lees Summit Monarchs, the Blues traveled to Topeka, Kansas last weekend to take on the Topeka Senators in a 3 game series at Jerry Robertson Field.  The first game took 16 innings to decide as neither the Blues or the Senators would budge in the well played game.  The Blues got outstanding pitching from starter Tino Luna (Mid America Nazarene) who went 7 strong innings, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out 4 Senator hitters.  Greg Mason (Washburn) relieved Luna in the 8th and did not allow a run.  Mason threw 5 great innings and struck out 7 Senators.  Andy Muehlberger (Coffeyville CC) then replaced Mason in the 14th.  Muehleberger recorded 6 strikeouts while displaying a 90+ mph fastball.  The Senators scored the winning run after a wild pitch strike out and a SAC fly to left field.

Offensively the Blues were led by Aric Valencia (Washburn) who tripled in the game.  Stu Jeck (Rockhurst) got a base hit and walked 3 times.  CJ Faddis (Southwestern Oklahoma State) and Ben Calvano (JCCC) also singled in the game. 

The Blues played outstanding defense during the game, committing 0 errors.  In the end however it was the Senators that came out on top 3-2.  

The second game against the Senators took place on Friday evening.  Marcus Cross (Crowder College) got the start for the Blues and showed the great pitching command the team had displayed the night before.  Cross kept the Senators off balance with a live fastball and excellent slider.  After the Blues built a 3-0 lead after 2 innings it appeared that Cross would make the lead stand up.  However, 2 errors by the Blues and a wild pitch helped the Senators tie the game after 6 complete innings.  Zach Stinnett (Mid America Nazarene) replaced Cross in the 7th and pitched 5 strong innings, allowing 0 runs by the Senators.  Brett Harris (Coffeyville CC) entered the game in the 12th and got two quick outs after surrendering a base hit to the first batter he faced.  Then an infield throwing error on a routine ground ball allowed the winning run to score.  The Senators beat the Blues for the 2nd consecutive night by a score of 4-3.

Offensively the Blues were led by Kyle Clifton (Park University) who went 4-6 on the night with 3 singles and a double.   Aric Valencia (Washburn) recorded 3 hits on the evening.  Ben Calvano (JCCC) picked up two hits.  Single hits were recorded by Tyler Moore (Kansas State), Calin McCourt (Rockhurst), D'Andre Heggie (Missouri Western) and Stu Jeck (Rockhurst).  In all the Blues out hit the Senators 13-5, however were unable to take advantage of their offensive superiority. 

Game three saw Blues LHP Nick Fountain (Southern Arkansas) throw 7 very strong innings against KU RHP Hayden Edwards.  Fountain mixed an upper 80's fastball with a nice off speed pitch to keep the Senators at bay.  Blues hitters make good initial decisions against Edwards and had several opportunites to score, one time with the bases loaded.  However the Blues were unable to convert and the game remained scoreless through 4 innings.  The Senators were able to score 3 unearned runs in the 5th, effectively creating a must score situation for the Blues.  The Blues were unable to respond offensively and the game ended with the Senators scoring 4 runs, defeating the Blues 4-0. 

Andy Muehlberger (Coffeyville CC) again stepped in and dominated the opponents in the final 2 innings with a 90+ mile per hour fastball. 

Offensively the Blues were led by Cameron Johnson (Barstow CC), Zack Atchison (Mid America Nazarene), Tanner Foreschler (KCKCC) and Adam Valencia (Washburn) who each collected single hits in the game.

 Baldwin City Blues Begin Summer With A Strong Win!

The 2014 Baldwin City Blues Summer got off to a nice start in their season opener with a 5-2 win against the Lees Summit Monarchs on Sunday at Historic Crysler Stadium in Independence, Missouri.  The Monarchs, a team comprised of former College and Professional players were looking to dampen the Blues spirits.  In the end only a thunderstorm that moved through the area would be able to keep the Blues from scoring.

The Blues got starting pitcher Nick Fountain an early run in the top of the 2nd inning when CF Ben Calvano doubled to right field to score SS Stu Jeck who had reached on a base on balls.  Jeck then quickly stole 2B making Calvano's hit even more meaningful.  The single run appeared to be all Fountain would need.

Fountain, who had not started in more than a year appeared to get stronger as the game progressed.  Although the Monarchs managed base runners in the 1st 4 innings, Fountain's timely pitches kept the home team off the board.  Mixing a nice fastball with off speed pitches, Fountanin showed the ability to get outs when needed. 

Brett Harris replaced Fountain in the bottom of the 5th and continued the Blues mastery over the Monarchs by not allowing a run. Harris, known for keeping hitters off balance showed a nice compliment of pitches and arm angles. 

The top of the 6th saw some fireworks as the Blues got their 1st home run of the season on a towering 2 run blast by Calvano over the CF wall to score DH Kyle Clifton who had sharply singled to right field earlier in the inning. 

The Blues scoring was completed in the 8th inning on the strength of Jeck's deep RBI producing double to center field to score Clifton who had walked. 

The Monarchs scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to end the offense for both teams. 

Besides Fountain, Blues pitchers Harris, Andy Muehlberger and Zach Stinnett also performed well on the mound.  Offensive highlights included Ben Calvano (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Calin McCourt (3-4, 1 RBI). 



Saturday, February 8
How the Baldwin City Blues Evolved



2014 Baldwin City Blues

 

The 2014 Summer Season will signal the beginning of the 14th year Blues Baseball has been in existence.  Founded by Manager Chris Faddis in 2000, Blues Baseball got its’ start as a neighborhood coach pitch team playing in the Johnson Country Parks and Recreation League.  Preaching fundamentals, team commitment and good sportsmanship, Blues Baseball soon became one of the most well coached and competitive teams in the area.  Coach Faddis saw the potential his players had and developed a baseball program that is arguably the most successful in Johnson County history.  With over 50 tournament titles, three State Championships and three World Series crowns to their credit, Blues Baseball set out test the players’ skills in the historic Ban Johnson League in 2012. 

 

The Blues wasted little time in gaining the respect of established Ban Johnson teams.  With a roster dominated by recent high school graduates, Blues Baseball became the youngest team in the 85 year history of the league to win the title.  The team also became the only first year team to accomplish this feat.  Along the way Blues Baseball also shattered the single season winning percentage mark by going 35-1 during the summer.  As a result 10 players were chosen to play in the annual Ban Johnson All Star Game at Kaufman Stadium in July 2012.  Four players were also recognized for their outstanding performances by garnering the league’s Defensive Player of the Year (CJ Faddis), Top Relief Pitcher (Nick Kolarik), Wins by a Pitcher (Drew Noble) and Tournament MVP (Jake Wodtke). 

 

Although Coach Faddis experienced a loss of over half his team to other collegiate summer leagues, Blues Baseball re-tooled for the 2013 Ban Johnson Summer season.  Again stressing fundamentals, team cohesiveness and personal commitment Coach Faddis motivated the team to “leave it all on the field.”  As a result Blues Baseball put together a second consecutive championship season, winning the Ban Johnson regular season title with a record of 24-5.  Along the way, Blues Baseball established yet another Ban Johnson record by being the only team ever to win the League during its’ first two years of play.  Eight Blues players were recognized for their efforts by being selected to the All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium.  Coach Faddis and Coach Moore were also selected by league managers and administrators. 

 

The Blues have again raised the bar and have agreed to participate in the inaugural season of the Mid Plains League.  The league will challenge players to an even greater degree as it also affords them the opportunity to play in front of large crowds in a variety of ball parks under minor league conditions using wood bats.  The league will be scouted, so some may end up realizing the dream of playing baseball professionally. 

 

The move to Baldwin City by the Blues also marks the first time in history that a baseball team remained viable from a coach pitch team to a community affiliated collegiate wood bat summer league team.  

 

The Baldwin City Blues will be out to establish new records with the Mid Plains League.  Please join us for the ride.

 

 

Is this Heaven? No, it’s summer baseball at Sauder Field with the Baldwin City Blues. 



Sunday, May 18
Our Sponsors



Saturday, February 1
Meet the Baldwin City Blues (more to be added)





Sunday, March 2
Player Action Photos



Saturday, February 1
Sauder Field, Home of the Baldwin City Blues



Friday, January 31
Baldwin City Photos



Monday, February 10
Baldwin City Blues Thank Coach Phil Hannon and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce

Coach and GM Michael Moore and his wife Linda Moore met with the Officers and Directors of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce this morning to discuss the Baldwin City Blues upcoming "Summer of Baseball."  This meeting would not have been possible if it were not for Blues friend, Phil Hannon, Head Coach of the Baker University Wildcat Baseball Team.  Coach Hannon has been instrumental in helping bring summer collegiate baseball to the Baldwin City Community and has sculpted a pathway for the Blues to call Baldwin City home.  Coach Hannon is a true Ambassador for the University and the Baldwin City Community.

The Baldwin City Blues also thank the Chamber for the time this morning and we look forward to many years of involvement in the Community.  Baldwin City was the perfect choice for the Blues.



Thursday, February 6
More Blues Action from Kauffman Stadium



Tuesday, January 28
Blues at Kauffman Stadium



Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Thu 7/17 Baseball Mid Plains League 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Rathert Stadium
Fri 7/18 Baseball Mid Plains League 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Rathert Stadium
Sat 7/19 Baseball Mid Plains League 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Rathert Stadium
Sun 7/20 Baseball Mid Plains League 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Rathert Stadium