By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornets dropped their first two games of the season against Rockford Lutheran before picking up their first win of the season over Trico.
The Hornets struggled in their first action of the season as they were defeated by Rockford Lutheran High School on Friday March 18. The Hornets could not figure out Rockford Lutheran's pitcher Johnny Sanchez as he threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 Hornet batters. Austin Anderson was on the mound for the Hornets in the contest, giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. Brady Bultman came on in relief pitching three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. Jaris Dalman was the only Hornets baserunner of the day, as he walked.
The Hornets still couldn't figure out Rockford Lutheran on March 19 as they dropped the contest 3-0. A scoreless game for most of the contest, Rockford Lutheran finally broke through in the sixth inning to get two runs off of Hornets starter Ryan Brink. Rockford Lutheran would add an unearned run in the seventh off of Brogan Kemp to take the game 3-0. The Hornets managed three hits on offense, as Dalman, Brink and Kemp each finished with a hit.
The Hornets got their first win of the season, as they defeated Trico 12-5 on March 21. After giving up three runs in the top of the first, the Hornets put two on the board in the bottom half of the inning. After Trico added a run in the top of the second, the Hornets took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning. The Hornets scored four in the second, two in the third, and added two runs in the sixth and seventh to win 12-5.
Hayden Heggemeier went 3-4 in the win scoring four runs. Cody Bauza was 1-2 with a home run and two RBIs in the contest. Dalman and Brink also added two RBIs for the Hornets. Bultman finished 2-3 with three RBIs in a great offensive showing for the Hornets. Jake Heck, Brogan Kemp, and Andrew Kash each had a hit in the ball game, and Anderson added an RBI single in the sixth. On the mound the Hornets only gave up one hit in the ball game. Bultman started the game pitching four innings, giving up four runs, two earned, with one strikeout and four walks. Kemp came in and gave up one run, on no hits with two walks and five strikeouts.