Hornets Streak Snapped At 21

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Brady Bultman makes the play on a ground ball to first before flipping the ball to Ryan Brink covering the base.

After winning 21 straight games, the Hornets have hit a skid as of late, as they have dropped three out of their past four games. The Hornets had a full week, with games everyday, including a double-header on Saturday. The Hornets faced off against Benton, Okawville, Carterville, Waterloo Gibault, and Hillsboro. The Hornets record now stands at 22-5 on the season.

The Hornets began their week, traveling to Benton to take on the Rangers. The Hornets were able to grab the lead in the first inning and never let go as they defeated the Rangers 5-2. The Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, before Benton came back with two in the fourth. Benton would not score again, as Ryan Brink held them in check throughout the afternoon. Brink was strong on the mound, pitching all seven innings, giving up just two unearned runs, while striking out two batters.

Brink also led Nashville at the plate, as he finished 1-4 with 3 RBIs and a home run. Jaris Dalman was strong at the dish, going 3-4 with one run scored and a RBI. Cody Bauza and Andrew Kash each finished with two hits on the afternoon. Jake Heck and Hayden Heggemeier finished with the lone other hits for the Hornets. Both Austin Anderson and Nick Krummrich each scored a run for Nashville.

The Hornets were back in action May 4, taking on Washington County rival Okawville. The hornets would take control early, and cruise to an 11-3 victory. The Hornets took control as they scored two runs in each of the first five innings. On the mound, three Hornets pitchers combined to keep Okawville's bats quiet. Brogan Kemp started the game on the mound as he went five innings, and gave up three unearned runs, struck out five, and walked four. Kash pitched the sixth inning, gave up just one hit. Austin Anderson came in to pitch the seventh, and shut the door,

At the plate, Bauza went 4-5 in the game with three RBIs for the Hornets. Bultman added three hits, and two RBIs in the win. Heggemeier also added three hits, while Brink and Trevor Meier added two hits apiece. Dalman, Kemp, Anderson, and Kash each had a hit in the win.

Nashville's winning streak came to an end on May 5 as they fell to Waterloo Gibault 8-1. The Hornets could not find a rhythm offensivly, as they were held to just one hit in the game. Waterloo Gibault was also able to take advantage of eight errors by the Hornets. A scoreless game through three innings, both teams traded runs in the fourth. Waterloo Gibault would break out for three runs in the fifth, and four in the sixth, to cruise to an 8-1 victory.

Bultman started the game on the mound, going six innings giving up eight runs, only one earned and struck out four batters. Heggemeier came in to pitch the seventh, as he gave up just one hit and struck out two batters. At the plate, Bauza had the only hit for Nashville in the game, while Krummrich scored the only run in the loss for the Hornets.

On May 6, the Hornets finally were able to travel back to Carterville to resume their suspended game. The game was suspended in the fourth inning with the Hornets up 2-0. The Hornets would add a run in the top of the fourth once the game was resumed, but Carterville came back with four in the bottom half of the inning. Nashville would tie the game in the fifth, but Carterville would walk off with a win in the bottom of the seventh.

Austin Anderson pitched 6 1/3 innings for Nashville giving up five unearned runs, and struck out five. At the plate, Heggemeier led Nashville with two hits and a run scored. Both Bauza and Brink finished with a hit and a RBI. Kash and Krummrich each had a run scored for Nashville.

The Hornets played for the fifth consecutive day, as they took on Hillsboro in a doubleheader on Saturday May 7. In the first game of the Doubleheader, the Hornets took the lead in the first and never looked back. Nashville scored one in the first, four in the second, one in the third, and three in the fourth, on their way to a 9-0 victory. Brink pitched a gem on the mound, as he pitched all seven innings for the shutout and struck out nine batters.

Coach Malawy talked about the team’s performance in the first game, “Brink threw a really good game for us, that was definitely a plus, and we had some clutch hitting, Bauza with a big dinger to jump start our offense and get us going.”

At the plate, the Hornets got production from up and down the lineup. Bauza got the scoring started off with a home run in the first inning, his only hit of the game. Jacob Woodrome added two hits, as well as two RBIs in the win. Bultman also had two hits, and scored two runs for Nashville. Kash added two RBIs in the win, while Anderson, Meier, and Brink each notched a hit for Nashville. Trey Stevenson saw his first action of the season, as he came around to score once for the Hornets

In the second game of the doubleheader, Hillsboro made a late rally scoring five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Hornets 8-6. A back-and-forth game throughout, the hornets got on the board first with a run in the first. Hillsboro came back with two in the second. Nashville took the lead back in the third and held the lead til the seventh. The Hornets went into the seventh with a 5-3 lead, but could not hold it, as Hillsboro scored five in the seventh and won the game 8-6.

After the game, Coach Malawy talked about his team’s recent struggles, “ that’s the way we’ve been playing, it feels like we’re jinxed, like we’re trying to find a way to give the game away, whether it is fielding ground balls, or catching fly balls, you name it, we’re just not playing good baseball.”

Kash started the game for Nashville, as he went five innings, and gave up just two earned runs, with five strikeouts. Heggemeier came in for the final two innings of work. Heggemeier got the loss on the mound as he gave up five runs, one earned, and had one strikeout.

At the plate, Nashville was led by Bultman who finished a triple shy of the cycle. Bultman went 4-4 with a home run, two doubles, and two RBIs. Heggemeier, Dalman, and Kash each added two hits apiece for the Hornets. Bauza, Brink, Anderson, and Woodrome had one hit apiece in the loss. Stevenson stole his first base of the season in the loss.