By Travis Volz
With the regular season winding down, the Nashville Hornets are hoping to stay hot heading into the postseason, and they did just that with four straight wins last week.
Nashville beat Sparta, Marissa, Carterville and Red Bud for to give the Hornets 18 wins on the season.
Ryan Brink pitched a gem to help his team to an 8-1 victory over Sparta last Tuesday. The sophomore hurler allowed just two hits and one run over seven innings while striking out ten Bulldogs to notch the win.
Jaris Dalman had a big day at the plate, finishing the day 3-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in. Brink doubled and drove in a run, Hayden Heggemeier had two hits, and Dylan Mueller, Daniel thorson and Cody Bauza each had an RBI for Nashville.
Nashville’s offense had another big day against Marissa,as the Hornets roughed up the Meteors 10-1 last Wednesday.
Heggemeier and Mueller led off the game with consecutive singles, Dalman doubled in a run and Brink knocked in another to stake the Hornets to an early 2-0 lead that Marissa never challenged.
Troy Pedtke threw five innings to earn the win, and Brady Bultman and Brogan Kemp each pitched a hitless inning in relief to salt away the win.
Carterville tried to make a game of it, but the Hornets scored five times in the sixth on the way to their 11-4 win over the Lions Friday.
Nashville led 6-1 after four innings, but Carterville got back into it with three runs in the fifth. But that would be as close as it would get, as the Hornets pulled away with a big sixth inning.
Dalman went deep in the second inning, and Trace Musielak cleared the fence with a dinger of his own in the third to help Nashville build an early lead.
In the decisive sixth frame, Heggemeier worked a walk to lead off the inning and scored on Mueller’s RBI triple. Thorson singled, Dalman doubled and Bauza singled later in the inning to keep lineup moving.
Thorson was 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game, and Dalman drive in a pair with a homer and a double. Bauza had two hits and knocked a run in, Mueller tripled and had two hits, Bauza drove in a run and Bultman had a multi-hit game.
The Hornets rocked Red Bud Monday night by a score of 11-1.
Mueller, Musielak and Dalman homered, and Bultman pitched six strong innings in the Hornets’ 18th win of the year.
Thorson, Jacob Heck and Trevor Meier also doubled for Nashville.
Nashville (18-6-1) was at Pinckneyville Tuesday before hosting Okawville Wednesday. The Hornets travel to Gibault Thursday and will host Murphysboro Wednesday.