By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School baseball team advanced to the state tournament held at Perry State Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville after beating Okawville 3-0 on Monday, September 28. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when with 2 outs Carson Parker, singled and stole second. Gavin Baldwin walked, and Parker went to third on a passed ball. Matt Anderson drove in Parker with an infield single. The Jr. Hornets added another run in the fifth when JD Schubert singled and stole second. Nolan Heggemeier singled advancing Schubert to third. With two outs in the inning, Schubert came in to score on a wild pitch. The score became 3-0 in the sixth when Anderson singled, and Luke Ehret came in as a pinch-runner. A walk to Tristen Hercules put runners on first and second. Ehret came around to score when Okawville threw the ball away on an attempted steal. Parker pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win. He allowed 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 14 battters. Anderson struck out the last batter of the game.
After winning the regional, the Nashville Middle School boys baseball team competed in the Class M State Tournament this past Saturday held at Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville. The Jr. Hornets took on Gallatin County in a game in which they would fall 2-0.
Gallatin County scored a run in the top of the third on two walks, a stolen base, and a wild pitch. Gallatin County made it 2-0 in the sixth with two singles and a RBI double. The Jr. Hornets put a runner on third in the second and fourth inning with one out but couldn’t push across a run.
The Jr. Hornets were held without a hit in the game, and struck out eight times. Gavin Baldwin recahed on an error in the second inning and stole second. Baldwin made it to third but was stranded. Carson Parker reached base in the fourth on an error but again was stranded on third base. The only other baserunner for the Jr. Hornets was Matt Anderson when he got on base due to an error and was stranded at second.
The Jr. Hornets finished the season with a record of 14-7.