Jr. Hornets Win 3 Of 5

The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets bounced back from a loss to Okawville, to win three of their next four, at the end of August moving into September

The Jr. Hornets took on Okawville on August 29. The game was tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, when Okawville scored five runs to take the lead. Nashville scored one run in the top of the seventh, but could not come back, as they lost 7-3. The Jr. Hornets were led by Jaxon Goforth, who had three hits, and a RBI in the loss. Cole Malawy also had three hits, to go along with two runs scored. Ian Blazier scored the other run for Nashville.

Nashville bounced back from the loss to dominate Sparta 12-0, in five innings on August 30. The Jr. Hornets were able to break the game open in the first, as they sent ten batters to the plate and scored five runs. Nashville would add another run in the second, and six runs in the third. Camden Ritzel was the winning pitcher for Nashville, as he allowed one hit, two walks, and had five strikeouts. Michael Combs and Kolten Gajewski had two hits and three RBIs apiece in the win.

The Jr. Hornets followed the win against Sparta with a close win over DuQuoin on September 1. Nashville got on the board first, as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first inning was highlighted by a two run double by Gavin Baldwin. Kolten Gajewski and Preston Dagner each drove in a run in the inning. DuQuoin would get on the board in the fourth innings, and each team traded runs in the fifth and sixth, before DuQuoin tied the game in the top of the seventh with a three-run home run. Nashville would fight back in the seventh and score the winning run when Nolan Heggemeier singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored after Malawy's grounder to third was thrown away. Heggemeier and Combs each had two hits, while Baldwin finished with two RBIs and two runs. Ritzel was again the winning pitcher. Zach Kempfer started the game for Nashville, and allowed three runs on eight hits, with five strikeouts.

The J.r Hornets continued winning against Pinckneyville on September 6. Nashville got the scoring started right out of the gate as they picked up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Malwy and Goforth led off the game with singles, before Baldwin crushed a three run home run. Baldwin would add another home-run in the third, and a 2 RBI double in the sixth. Heggemeier and Malawy would each have an RBI single in the sixth. Baldwin finished the game with seven RBIs. Dagner was the winning pitcher as he gave up just two runs, on two hits, and struck out five. Malawy pitched two scoreless innings and Baldwin pitched a scoreless seventh.

Nashville's win streak came to an end on September 7 as they lost to Trico 4-2. The Jr. Hornets scored a run in the first on a double by Combs, and a run in the fifth on another home run by Baldwin. Malawy and Blazier each had two hits in the loss. Goforth took the loss on the mound, and Kempfer pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball in relief.

Nashville's record stands at 8-3.