By Brent Huelsmann
After an unbelievable season, that saw the Hornets win a school-record 21 games in a row, the Nashville Hornets baseball team, is racking up the awards. The Southern Illinois River to River Mississippi Division All-Conference team was announced this past week, with eight Nashville players making the cut.
Making the team for Nashville was seniors Brady Bultman, and Jaris Dalman, along with juniors Cody Bauza, Hayden Heggemeier, Ryan Brink, Andrew Kash, Brogan Kemp, and Austin Anderson. The Hornets won their regional this season, defeating DuQuoin 6-4 in the Regional Championship. Nashville lost in the Sectional Semi-Final to Carmi-White County.
Brink, Bauza, Heggemeier, Bultman, and Dalman, all made first-team all-conference, while Andrew Kash, Brogan Kemp, and Austin Anderson all made the second-team all-conference.
Brink made the first-team as a pitcher for the Hornets. Brink finished the season 7-2, and led Nashville with 62.2 innings pitched this season. Brink finished with 64 strikeouts and 22 walks on the season. At the plate, Brink finished with a .308 average with two homes runs and 24 RBIs.
Bauza was first-team all-conference as a catcher as he led Nashville in average, hits, doubles, and home runs on the season. Bauza finished with a .402 average, with four home runs, 15 doubles, and 25 RBIs on the season.
Dalman was selected as an infielder to the first-team all-conference, as he played third base and shortstop for Nashville this season. Dalman led Nashville with 29 RBIs, 19 walks, and a .508 on base percentage this season. Dalman also finished tied for first with 25 singles and two triples. Dalman finished with a .368 batting average.
Heggemeier made the first-team all-conference, playing great defensively in center field for the Hornets. At the plate, Heggemeier led off for Nashville, and tied for the team lead in singles and triples. Heggemeier finished with a .345 average for Nashville with 25 singles, 11 doubles, two triples, and sixteen RBIs, scoring 32 runs, which was second on the team to Nick Krummrich who had 35.
The last Hornet to make first-team all-conference was Brady Bultman. Bultman played first base, an pitched for Nashville this season. At the plate Bultman finished with a .330 average, seven doubles, two home runs, and 24 RBIs. On the mound, Bultman led Nashville with eight wins, despite only starting six games. Bultman finished with 37 strikeouts and a ERA of 1.033 on the season.
On the second-team, Brogan Kemp was selected as a pitcher. Kemp finished 7-0 on the mound this season, and led the team with 73 strikeouts. Kemp's best performance of the season, came on senior night as he struck out 14 batters against Wesclin.
Kash was selected as an infielder on the second-team, as he battled an injury, but spent the majority of the season at second base. Kash finished with a .371 average, with 21 singles, two doubles, and six RBIs on the season.
Austin Anderson was the last player for the Hornets selected to the all-conference team. Anderson was selected as an outfielder, although he spent a great amount of time on the mound, this season. Anderson also played third for Nashville. Anderson finished with a .292 average at the plate, with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run to go along with 11 RBIs. On the mound, Anderson pitched opening night for Nashville, and tied for a first on the team with 12 appearances. Anderson was second on the team with 58 innings pitched and finished with a 4-2 record. Anderson notched 68 strikeouts on the season and finished with a 1.328 ERA.
The Hornets finished with a record of 27-6.