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Quality Pitching Leads Hornets Down The Stretch

Senior Austin Anderson pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts in the Hornets 8-1 win over Red Bud on May 1.

By Brent Huelsmann

As the calendar turns to May and the season begins to wind down, the Nashville Hornets’ pitchers have continued to lead the way on the mound. The starting pitchers for the Hornets gave up just one run between two games this past week as they Hornets defeated Red Bud and Sparta.

The season is quickly winding down for the Hornets as Nashville will just play eight more games before they start postseason play. The Hornets will either play in the Red Bud Regional, or the Carterville Regional.

The Hornets last conference game of the season, was a make-up game against the Sparta Bulldogs on April 25. The game was originally supposed to be played on Monday April 17.

Nashville needed just five innings to close out the game as the Hornets scored early and often on their way to a 12-0 victory. Ryan Brink did not need run support as he pitched the first four innings, and only gave up one hit. Brink walked a batter and struck out seven Bulldogs to get the win on the mound. Andrew Kash pitched the final inning in relief, did not give up a hit, and struck out a batter.

Offensively the Hornets jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning of play, and would continue to add on from there. Nashville put up six runs in the second to put the game away and take a commanding 9-0 lead. The Hornets would add two in the third and one in the fourth to cruise to a 12-0 victory.

Nashville had just eight hits in the game, but took advantage of six errors by the opposition. To go along with getting the win on the mound, Brink went 2-2 at the plate, including a home run. Brink finished with two runs scored, two RBIs, and a walk. Bauza was the only other Hornet player with multiple hits, as he finished 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. At the top of the lineup, Heggemeier went 1-2 with two runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Andrew Kash also finished with a hit, a run scored, and a steal in the win for Nashville. Jake Heck knocked in a run in the win for Nashville, while Carson Parker finished with a hit. Both Trevor meier and AUstin Anderson did not record a hit but drove in a run for the Hornets, while Nick Paszkiewicz scored twice and stole a base. Jacob Woodrome scored a run in the win.

In the Hornets next game, Nashville pulled away in the middle innings for an 8-1 win over Red Bud on May 1. After the two teams traded runs in the first two innings, the Hornets scored the final seven runs of the ball game to put away the Musketeers.

Nashville got the first run of the game, after Carson Parker came around to score on a wild pitch to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead after the first inning of play.

Red Bud would come back with a run in the second after a pickoff play allowed the Musketeers to score their only run of the ball game.

Nashville would quickly take the lead back in the third, and put the game out of reach in the fourth, as Brogan Kemp crushed a three-run home run to extend the Hornets lead to 5-1. Coach Chad Malawy talked about the home run after the game. “It opened the game up. That was a big at-bat by Brogan, he runs into some baseballs.”

Bauza would follow up the home run by lacing a single into right field to give the Hornets a five run lead after four innings. In the sixth, Nashville would add two more, and Anderson would finish the game in the seventh for a 8-1 victory.

After the game Malway talked about his team’s performance. “It all starts on the mound, Austin Anderson was really good again for us. He always gives us a chance to win. Our pitching keeps in games. Defensively, if we play catch like we are supposed to they are out, and we don’t give up a run, but we didn’t play very good catch there. Offensively I thought we hit the ball pretty hard when it mattered.”

At the plate, the Hornets finished with seven hits in the win. Kemp finished 2-2 with three RBis, all coming on the home run. Heggemeier finished with two hits and two RBIs in the win. Bauza also had two hits for the Hornets, drove in one run, and walked. Trever Meier singled in the win. Jake Heck walked twice and scored a run, while Cameron Parker walked and scored. Kash and Carson Parker each crossed the plate twice. Kelton Harre also scored a run in the win for Nashville.

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