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Hornets Pick Up Key Conference Win

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Hornets shortstop Ryan Brink makes the play on a grounder during the Hornets win over Centralia on April 1.

After a few busy weeks for the Hornets, Nashville completed only one game this week, as they defeated Sparta. The Hornets game against Carterville was suspended after four innings of play, and their game against Pinckneyville was postponed due to rain.

The Hornets won their ninth straight game, and stayed undefeated in conference play with a 5-3 win over Sparta on April 5. The Hornettes got on the board early in a closely contested contest on the road. The Hornets scored one run in the top of the first, before breaking out for four runs in the third inning. Sparta would make a rally in the late innings, but Austin Anderson came in to shut the door and get the save for the Hornets.

On the mound, Brady Bultman started the game pitching into the seventh inning. Bultman would only retire one batter in the seventh, leaving the game after 128 pitches. Bultman gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits with nine strikeouts to get the win. Anderson came in to get the save, as he needed just 12 pitches to get the final two outs.

At the plate, Hayden Heggemeier led Nashville going 3-4 with a triple and one run scored. Ryan Brink was the main run producer for Nashville, with two RBIs on one hit. Jaris Dalman went 2-2 in the win with an RBI and a run scored. Cody Bauza, Brogan Kemp and Andrew Kash each added a hit for Nashville. Senior Nick Krummrich did not get an at bat in the game, but scored two runs, as a courtesy runner.

The Hornets were back in action on April seventh, as they traveled to Carterville for another conference showdown. The Hornets got off to a 2-0 lead, before weather forced the game to be suspended. The game will be continued on April 26 in Carterville.

The weather again wreaked havoc on the Hornets as their game against Pinckneyville, that was scheduled for April 11, had to be postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for April 13, at 4:30 p.m.

The Hornets record now stands at 9-2.