By Travis Volz
After wrapping up the River-to-River Conference title with a win over Carterville last week, the Nashville Hornets stayed hot with four straight wins last week, including a pair of wins Saturday in Greenville.
Already guaranteed at least a share of the conference title, the Hornets won the trophy outright after beating Carterville 4-1 last Thursday.
Ryan Brink gave up one earned run over six innings, and Austin Anderson nailed down the win with a scoreless seventh to lead the Hornets to the win.
Nashville managed just four hits on the day, but they were timely hits. Trace Musielak doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, and Brink, Cody Bauza and Andrew Kash each knocked in a run to give the Hornets the conference trophy.
A big first inning helped Nashville beat Murphysboro 5-2 last Wednesday.
The Hornets plated four runs in the first inning. Hayden Heggemeier worked a walk to lead off the first, followed by consecutive singles from Dylan Mueller, Daniel Thorson and Musielak. Bauza singled home a run and Brink sacrificed another run home to make it 4-0.
The Red Devils came back with a run in the second, but the Hornets got that one back in the third. Thorson doubled to lead off the inning, and Jaris Dalman came through with a run scoring single to make it 5-1.
Murphy came back with another run in the fourth, but that would be as close as it would get. Anderson locked things down over the last three innings to notch the win on the mound.
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