By Brent Huelsmann
After a rainout on Thursday, the Nashville Hornettes softball team continued their strong start to the season with two more wins as they defeated Salem and Johnston City. The Hornettes record now stands at 3-1 with game this week against Carbondale, Mascoutah, Freeburg, Anna-Jonesboro, and Sparta.
The Hornettes easily defeated Salem in their first matchup of the week as the Hornettes offense broke out with a 16-0 victory in five innings. The Hornettes got one run in the first, and broke the game open with six runs in the second inning, and six runs in the third inning. The Hornettes capped off the offensive onslaught with three runs in the fourth, and cruised to a 16-0 victory.
Deidra Holzhauer and Alli Liske pitched a combined shutout for the Hornettes. Holzhauer pitched the first four innings giving up just one hit, striking out two batters. Liske pitched the final inning giving up one hit, while striking out one. Mackenzie McFeron went 3-4 in the game with two runs scored and a stolen base. Paige Kasten also had three hits on the day, stealing a base while scoring four runs. Karly Stanowski also had three hits, all of which were doubles in the win. Stanowski finished with three runs and three RBIs in the game as well. Jordan Stiegman notched three hits, and three RBIs in the game as well. Holzhauer and Brooke Burcham finished with two hits and three RBIs apiece for the Hornettes. Libby Ahlers and Liske each added a hit for the Hornettes.
The Hornettes picked up another win, in a makeup game against Johnston City on Saturday March 26. The Hornettes fell behind early, but were able to come back in the middle innings to win 6-4. Johnston City got on the board first, scoring in the top of the first inning. The Hornettes would come back in the second to tie the game. The Hornettes would add two runs apiece in the third and fourth, and another in the fifth to take the game 6-4.
Holzhauer pitched all seven innings for Nashville giving up four earned runs on 12 hits striking out five. McFeron was the only Hornette batter with multiple hits in the game as she went 2-4 with two RBIs, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Kasten and Stanowski each went hitless in the game but finished with an RBI and a sacrifice. Holzhauer, Ahlers and Liske each finished with one hit apiece in the win for Nashville.