By Travis Volz
A rocky first inning by the Nashville Hornets led to a loss to Centralia Friday.
The Orphans plated six runs in the first inning, and the Hornets never recovered en route to an 8-2 loss at home.
Trace Musielak and Jaris Dalman drove in runs in the home half of the first, but that would be the extent of the Hornets’ offense against the Orphans.
Nashville managed just five singles in the loss, only the Hornets’ third in 11 games.
The bats were a little more lively Saturday when Anna-Jonesboro visited Hornet Field, as Nashville picked up a River-to-River Conference win by a score of 5-3.
After A-J scored twice in the first inning, the Hornets struck for three runs in the second to grab back the momentum. Ryan Brink tripled home a run to start the scoring for Nashville, and Andrew Kash and Hayden Heggemeier followed that up with consecutive RBI singles to stake the home team to a 3-2 lead.
Musielak singled and scored on Cody Bauza’s sacrifice fly in the third to answer the Wildcats’ run in the top of the frame.
Some nice glove work in the fourth kept the score at 4-3. Heggemeier tracked down a hard hit ball in centerfield for an out, and pitcher Dylan Mueller made a nice play on a line drive up the middle to keep A-J off the board.
Daniel Thorson walked and scored on Bauza’s RBI single in the fifth to give the Hornets an insurance run.
Mueller earned the win with seven solid innings on the mound. He surrendered just one earned run and struck out seven without walking a batter.
Bauza finished the day 2-for-2 with two RBI. Brink, Kash and Heggemeier drove in runs and Musielak had a hit in the win.
Nashville (8-3) was scheduled to play DuQuoin Tuesday and will travel to Althoff Wednesday, A-J on Friday, Sparta Monday and Carterville next Tuesday.
Cody Bauza rounds third on his way home during the Hornets’ win over Anna-Jonesboro Saturday.