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Offense Blasts Hornettes Past Okawville And Central

Karly Stanowski swings hard at a pitch during the Hornettes 15-0 win over Okawville on April 27.

The Nashville Hornettes softball team scored a combined 26 runs in their two wins this week as they picked up victories over Central and Okawville. The Hornettes moved their record on the season to 18-10, as they move into the final stretch of the season. After playing Waterloo Gibault on Tuesday night, the Hornettes have just five games before they begin postseason play.

The Hornettes first game of the week was a dominating 15-0 win over the Lady Rockets of Okawville. Freshmen Kyleigh Guinzy got plenty of run support in the circle, but did not need it. Guinzy went the distance for Nashville and did not give up any hits. Guinzy struck out four batters, and walked three in the win.

Offensively the Hornettes got the scoring started early. Mackenzie McFeron started the game with a single, and quickly came around to score. After Karly Stanowski and Alli Liske were both hit by pitches, Jordan Stiegman laced a RBI single to give the Hornettes an early 2-0 lead. The big blast of the first inning came off the bat of Sophie Heck, as her three-run home run gave the Hornettes a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

Okawville would be able to keep Nashville off the board in the second and third innings, but the Hornettes offense came alive for 10 more runs in the fourth inning.

Nashville got seven hits in the inning, including two from McFeron. Okawville did not record an out in the inning. McFeron singled to start the inning, before Kasten reached on an error. Stanowski followed it up with a RBI single, before Liske walked. Stiegman singled in two more runs, before Brooke Burcham was hit by a pitch. Heck singled in another run, followed by a walk from Jenna Harris to force in another. Libby Ahlers notched a RBI single, and McFeron followed it up with a RBI double. Joey Lane walked, before Brooke Bartling singled in two runs to end the game.

It was a busy day for the Hornettes at the plate overall as they belted out 13 hits. Heck led the way, with three hits, four RBIs, a home run and two runs scored in the game. McFeron finished 4-4 with three runs scored, a double, a RBI, and two stolen bases. Stiegman went 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Stanowski and Ahlers each had one hit and a RBI in the game. Bartling had one hit and two RBIs, while Burcham finished with a hit and a run scored. Kasten finished the game with two RBIs for Nashville, stole a base, and scored a run. Liske and Gale each finished with two runs scored. Lane finished with a RBI, and a run scored in the win, while Harris walked, had a RBI, and scored a run.

As the calendar turned to May, the Hornettes were back in action as they defeated the Central Lady Cougars 11-7 on May 1. Central was able to grab an early lead in the game, but the Hornettes kept battling back, eventually taking the lead for good in the fourth inning.

After the Lady Cougars started the scoring in the first, the Hornettes got the run right back in the bottom half of the frame as McFeron tripled to lead off the home half, and scored on a RBI groundout from Kasten.

The game would not stay tied long as Central quickly came back with two runs in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. But again the Hornettes would come back. Nashville would cut the deficit to one in the second as Burcham singled and came around to score on a sacrifice by Ahlers. The Hornettes would then tie the game in the third as Stanowski doubled, and Stiegman drove the tying run home with a single.

Again Central would take the lead back in the top half of the fourth, but it would be short lived. Heck led off the bottom half of the frame, with a HR to tie the game, and the Hornettes would take the lead later in the inning as three more runs would come around to score.

Nashville would put the game away in the fifth, as they scored another three runs to take a commanding 11-4 lead. Central would make one last run in the game, as they scored three runs in the sixth, but would go down 1-2-3 in the seventh to give the Hornettes a 11-7 win.

After the game, Coach Shaun Renth talked about Heck’s home run, and the offense during the game.

Guinzy again pitched the entire game for the Hornettes, and struck out one batter in the win. “She just got it up in the wind and let the wind do the rest there, but we had some good swings today. I thought Karly had some good swings. She smoked a ball in the first and the girl made a nice play at third. Some decent swings, and just decent at bats all the way around today.”

Renth went on to say, after winning the past two games, there is still work to do before the playoffs. “It’s nice, obviously there is always something we can work on. Our defense needs to get better, we have to get better going into the playoffs. But anytime you can get a win over a good team like Breese Central it’s always nice. Not the easiest day to play, this wind is pretty tough, but anytime you can get a win is pretty nice.

Offensively, Heck again led the way, as she finished 3-3 with a double, a HBP and two runs scored. McFeron crossed home plate three times in the win, as along with three runs, she had three hits, a stolen base, and a RBI. Liske added two hits and two RBIs in the win, while both Stiegman and Kasten each finished with a RBI for Nashville. Burcham and Ahlers each scored a run in the win, while Harris added a hit for the Hornettes.

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