By Gerry Steele
Caldwell used a pair of big innings to sweep Baker in a nonleague softball doubleheader Tuesday at the Baker Sports Complex.
The Cougars scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning of opener to rally for a 9-5 win, then used a 5-run fourth inning in Game 2 to hand Baker an 8-5 loss.
In Game 1, Caldwell built a 2-0 lead after two innings before Baker rallied with four runs in the third inning.
Taylor McAdams had a bases-loaded RBI single to drive home one run. The other runs scored on errors.
Then, after Caldwell cut Baker's lead to 4-3, the Bulldogs added a single run in the sixth.
Juliana Delatorre opened the inning with a double and later scored on Sierra Howerton's sacrifice fly.
Caldwell then used five hits, two Baker errors and three walks to score six times in the top of the seventh.
In Game 2, Baker took a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Howerton hit a solo home run and Darion Grove added a two-run blast.
Caldwell answered with five runs in the top of the fourth on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and an error.
Courtney Raley's RBI single in the fifth inning pulled Baker to within 5-4.
But, again Caldwell answered, scoring three runs on three hits in the sixth.
McAdams had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Caldwell 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 - 9
Baker 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 - 5
Howerton and Ellis. LP - Howerton.
Baker hits - Howerton 2, Smith, Grove, McAdams 2, Davis 2, Delatorre. Baker RBI - Howerton, McAdams.
2B - Howerton, McAdams, Delatorre.
Caldwell 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 - 8
Baker 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 - 5
Shankle, Howerton (4) and Ellis. LP - Shankle.
Baker hits - Raley 3, Averett 2, Howerton 2, Grove, Davis, Delatorre, Smith, McAdams. Baker RBI - Raley, Howerton, Grove 2, McAdams.
2B - Raley, Howerton. HR - Howerton, Grove.