By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornettes softball team, won fourth place at the State Tournament held at Perry State Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville.
The Jr. Hornettes got started off when, they faced off against Pope County to open up the State Tournament on October 3. Nashville got the scoring started off early taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Jr. Hornettes would go on to add four more runs in the thrid to take a 5-0 lead in the contest. Pope County rallied late, but fell in the game 5-2. Olivia Cook led the offense in the game going 3-3 at the plate with a run, a RBI, a double, a triple, and a walk. Addi Gale, Raqui Elliot and Reagen Burke each added a hit and a run scored in the game for the Jr. Hornettes. Also notching hits for Nashville were Whitley
Hunter, Ashlyn Frazier,
Emmerson Paszkiewicz and Jordan Donato.
Nashville then moved on to face off against Marissa on October 6. The Jr. Hornettes fell behind early in the game as Marissa scored a run in the first, three in the second, and two in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Nashville came back with a fury scoring five times in the fourth inning, capped off by a 3 RBI triple by Jordan Donato. After Marissa added a run in the fifth to make the score 5-7, Nashville came back, adding a run in the sixth making the score of 6-7. After a Marissa run in the bottom of the sixth, the Jr. Hornettes had one last chance in the seventh inning. Nashville was able to get one run across, but could not tie the game, falling by a score of 7-8. Cook and Elliot each had three hits in the game to go along with a run scored. Burke got two hits on the day scoring one run and getting 2 RBIs in the contest. Gale, Hunter, Kollbaum and Paskiewicz each got a hit in the game for Nashville.
The Jr. Hornettes final contest of the season came up against Goreville. The Jr. Hornettes struggled offensively in the game, as only one runner reached base. Goreville was kept quiet early, but scored in bunches late to win the game 11-0. The Jr. Hornettes finished with just one hit in the game, a single by Olivia Cook in the second inning.
Nashville finished the season with a 4th place finish at state.