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Hail The Conquering Hornettes

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The Nashville Hornettes took on all challengers and emerged victorious at the IHSA Class 2A State Finals last weekend in East Peoria. Kneeling, from left: Deidra Holzhauer, Daley Buchanan, Jordi Harre and Maci Ingram. Standing: Coach Bethany Hinkle, Dakota Hunter, Joey Lane, Coach Wayne Harre, Mackenzie McFeron, Coach Patrick Weathers, Brooke Burcham, Karly Stanowski, John Becker, Jordan Stiegman, Brooke Bartling, Alli Liske, Paige Kasten, Charlie Heck and Coach Dempsey Witte.

By Travis Volz

When the Nashville Hornettes play in big games, the fans always get their money’s worth, and no game is bigger than the state championship.

Nashville’s Mackenzie McFeron scampered home on a broken play to give the Hornettes’ a 1-0 victory and a state championship after a 11-inning classic Saturday in East Peoria.

In a game dominated by overpowering pitching from Maci Ingram and Brimfield’s Morgan Florey, mistakes proved costly. Brimfield made a mistake, and the Hornettes capitalized.

Small ball paid big dividends for Nashville in leading to the game’s only run. McFeron bunted for a hit leading off the 11th inning. She promptly stole second base, and when Brimfield’s catcher overthrew second base on the play, McFeron was able to get to her feet and hustle around the bases to give the Hornettes their third state championship in school history.

“It was crazy,” McFeron said. “I didn’t even know where the ball was, but I just started running, and when I slid it was the best feeling I’ve ever had on a softball diamond.”

Manufacturing runs is nothing new for Nashville. Small ball and aggressive baserunning is the Hornettes’ style, according to coach Dempsey Witte.

For More, Please Read The June 10, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.

Mackenzie McFeron bunted for a hit that led to the only run of the game in Nashville1-0 win in the state championship Saturday in East Peoria.

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