The Nashville Hornettes softball team will look to keep their momentum heading into the Pinckneyville Regional which takes place this week. The Hornettes won two of three this week, as they lost a close game to Waterloo Gibault, before winning two straight against Wesclin and Waltonville. The Hornettes finished the regular season with a 21-11 record, and a 7-2 record in conference play.
The Hornettes first game of the week was up against Carmi-White County on Monday May 9. A close game throughout, Carmi-White County got a run in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off for the win and defeat the Hornettes 4-3. Holzhauer pitched the complete game for Nashville as she game up two earned runs on four hits, and struck out three batters in the game.
At the plate Holzhauer led the Hornettes going 1-3 with 2 RBIs in the loss. Mackenzie McFeron, notched the lone other RBI for Nashville as she finished 1-3 with a run scored. Libby Ahlers was the only Hornettes batter with multiple hits as she finished 2-3 on the day. Karly Stanowski and Alli Liske had the lone other hits for the Hornettes. Sophie Heck finished hitless in the game, but scored a run, and stole one base for Nashville. Brooke Burcham reached base once via the walk.
The Hornettes withstood a late rally, and got back on the winning track as they defeated Wesclin 6-5 on Senior Night. Nashville held a comfortable 6-0 lead going into the seventh, that quickly evaporated. Wesclin would score five runs in the inning, but could not complete the comeback, as they fell just short. Holzhauer pitched all seven innings for Nashville, as she gave up seven hits, five runs, only one of which was earned, and struck out three batters.
After the game, coach Shaun Renth talked about Holzhauer's performance this season, “ she's been better than I could have hoped for, better than I could imagine. I didn't really know what to expect from her, she had only thrown nine games last year. But she's just been unbelievable this year, better than we could have expected.”
Stanowski had a good day at the plate notching three RBIs on two hits in the contest. Liske finished the day 3-3 with two runs scored for Nashville. Paige Kasten finished with 2 RBIs as she went 2-4 in the game. Ahlers also notched multiple hits going 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. McFeron and Holzhauer both reached base via a hit and a walk in the win.
The Hornettes ended the regular season with a blowout, as they defeated Waltonville 6-0 on May 14. The Hornettes took the lead early and never looked back, as Holzhauer shut down Waltonville's offense. Holzhauer pitched a three hit shutout for Nashville, with one strikeout in seven innings pitched. The Hornettes got on the board with three runs in the second inning, and extended their lead in the fifth and sixth inning.
At the plate , McFeron led the way going 4-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Holzhauer added a RBI and two doubles in the win , Liske finished 1-2 with a run, a RBI and a walk. Jordan Stiegman finished the game with two hits and a run, and Stanowski finished with the lone other hit for Nashville. Bailey Melton and Heck each scored a run for Nashville.