The season is heating up for the Hornettes. With less than a week before the playoffs begin. The Hornettes are looking to defend their Class 2A State Championship from last season. This past week, the Hornettes had big matchups against Woodlawn, Benton, and conference rival Pinckneyville.
The Hornettes began the week up as they traveled to face off against Benton on May 3. A high scoring game throughout, the Rangerettes scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game 10-9. Benton got on the board first, taking a 5-0 lead through two innings of play. Nashville fought back with four runs in the third, with the big hit being a 2-RBI triple from Karly Stanowski. Benton would extend their lead in the fourth and fifth innings and take a 8-4 lead into the sixth. Again the Hornettes would come back, plating four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, to take a 9-8 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Benton would score two in the inning to win 10-9.
On the mound, Alli Liske started the game, pitching five innings giving up eight runs, five earned, walking two batters. Hayley KuJawa came in in relief for Nashville pitching one inning, giving up one hit, and two walks. Deidra Holzhauer pitched on 1/3 of an inning in the seventh, giving up two runs, none earned, on one hit.
At the plate, Nashville was led by Holzhauer, who went 3-3 with two runs, three RBIs, a double, and two walks. Mackenzie McFeron went 4-5 in the game with three runs scored. Stanowski went 2-2 in the game with 2 RBIs, with a double and a triple with two walks. Paige Kasten scored two runs, while Brooke Burcham and Libby Ahlers each scored one run in the loss. Jordan Stiegman, and Liske each had an RBI in the game.
The Hornettes next game, was up against conference rival Pinckneyville on May 4. Pinckneyville was able to keep the Hornettes bats quiet in the game, winning 6-0. Pinckneyville scored three in the second and three in the fifth to avenge their April 29 loss to the Hornettes.
After the game coach Shaun Renth talked about the loss, “just couldn’t get the hit when we needed it, couple times there we threatened, just couldn’t get a hit, and just couldn’t make an adjustment and get the big hit when we needed it.”
Holzhauer pitched all seven innings for Nashville giving up six runs, three earned, while walking two and striking out three. At the plate, Nashville had just two hits in the game, as Kasten and Stiegman got the lone hits for the Hornettes. Liske and Ahlers each had a walk in the loss for Nashville.
The Hornettes got back on the winning track against Woodlawn on May 5. Nashville trailed early, but broke the game open with six runs in the third on their way to an 11-2 victory. After trading runs in the first, Woodlawn took the lead in the second with a run, before the Hornette’s offense came alive in the third. Nashville capitalized on two Woodlawn errors in the inning, as well as racking up five hits in the inning. The Hornettes would cruise from there, on their way to an 11-2 victory.
Holzhauer again pitched all seven innings on the mound, giving up just one earned run, while striking out four. At the plate, Liske led the way going 3-4 with two runs scored, four RBIs, and two doubles. Stiegman also went 3-4 in the win with a RBI and a double to go along with two runs scored. Sophie Heck went 3-4 as well with 2 RBIs. Holzhauer and McFeron each collected two hits and a RBI in the win, while Kasten grabbed one base knock. Jenna Harris and Burcham each had two runs scored in the win for Nashville.