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Hornets Win Two Of Three To Start Season

Todd Jahnke threw a complete game to get the win over Rockford Lutheran on March 16.
By Brent Huelsmann
After the offense got off to a slow start against Althoff on March 13, the Hornets bats came alive during a two game series against Rockford Lutheran, where Nashville outscored the Crusaders 32-5. The Hornets are 2-1 on the season. The Hornets next game will be at home on March 22 against Carbondale.
Nashville got the season started on March 13 as they hosted Althoff. A blistery, chilly day at Hornet field, Althoff took advantage of Hornets miscues and grabbed a 4-2 win.
The teams were scoreless through the first two innings of play, but Althoff broke through in the third as they capitalized on an error to push the first run of the game across.
Althoff would score two more in the fifth before the Hornets scored their first runs of the 2018 season. Todd Jahnke drove in the first run of the  year for the Hornets in the fifth inning as Jahnke drove in Nick Paszkiewicz to get the Hornets within two.
Althoff would get the run right back in the top of the sixth, and held a 4-1 advantage until the seventh. The Hornets made things interesting as they loaded the bases with just one out in the frame. Kelton Harre drove in Paszkiewicz with an RBI groundout, but that would be the only Hornet run of the inning as Althoff closed out a 4-2 win.
After the game, Hornets coach Chad Malawy talked about his team’s play in the contest. The Hornets came into the game with eight new starters around the diamond. “We did not play very good catch. It’s early, we are inexperienced, we’re going to get better. That wasn’t a typical hardball team from the Hornets. Like I said, we’re young, we’re inexperienced a little bit, and we’ll get better.”
Nashville managed four hits in the game, as Carson Parker, Bryce Bultman, Paszkiewicz, and Tanner Bergmann all finished with one hit. Paszkiewicz scored both runs for the Hornets, while both Jahnke and Harre drove in a run.
The Hornets bats came alive in their second game of the season as they used a huge second inning to put away Rockford Lutheran 20-3 in five innings.
Nashville fell behind early as the Crusaders scored a run in the top of the first. The Hornets would not trail for long as Bultman took advantage of an error in the first to come around and tie the game. Nashville would quickly take the lead as a double by Jacob Woodrome scored Cameron Parker to put the Hornets in front. Bergmann would step to the plate and hit Nashville’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot, to give the Hornets a 4-1 lead. Nashville would get back-to-back home runs as Gavin Baldwin crushed a home run to give the Hornets a 5-1 advantage.
The Crusaders fought hard, and scored two runs in the second to cut the Hornets lead to 5-3 after an inning and a half. In the bottom half of the frame, the Hornets would put the game away as 15 runs crossed the plate in the inning.
The Hornets got their scoring started in the second as Bultman doubled and drove in Carson Parker. Woodrome would drive in two more with his second double in as many innings, and would later score on a wild pitch to give the Hornets a 9-3 lead. Nashville kept the line moving in the second. Baldwin came up with a double in his first at bat of the inning, and both Bultman and Woodrome each doubled for their second time of the inning.  With the Hornets leading 16-3, Baldwin would step to the plate again in the second, and crushed his second home run of the game, a three run shot. The Hornets final run of the second would come off the bat of Carson Parker who singled to make it 20-3.
Things settled down after the second inning, as neither team would put up another run. Jahnke kept the Crusaders bats silent and got the win on the mound as he gave up just one earned run in five innings of work.
After the game Coach Malawy was happy with the offensive onslaught. “What a great offensive performance by the Hornets today. We have to take it in stride. I don’t think we faced necessarily the best pitching, and with the wind blowing out some ball hit solid were going to carry today. But you still have to put a good swing on it and square it up, and have a little force behind the ball to drive it out of the park. It was really nice to see the bats get going.”
Nashville finished 15 hits in the game, and were led by Baldwin who finished 4-4 with two home runs and five RBIs. Woodrome also finished with five RBIs as he finished 3-3 with three doubles. Bergmann finished with two hits, one of which a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored. Bultman also drove in two, on two hits, while scoring three runs in the contest. Carson Parker finished 2-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Cameron Parker notched just one hit in the win but scored three runs. Cole Malawy went 1-3 with a run scored, while both Paszkiewicz and Harre each scored a run in the contest.
The Hornets’ scoring continued into Saturday as they used a big fourth inning to down the Crusaders 12-2 in five innings.
A close game through the first three and a half innings, Nashville scored one in the first to take the lead. Rockford Lutheran would come back for a run of their own in the second, before the Hornets took the lead for good with one run in the second. Nashville would add a run in the third to take a 3-1 lead, before the Crusaders scored their final run of the game in the top of the fourth.
Nashville would put the game away in the bottom of the fourth as eight runs came across the plate. Nashville would score their final run of the game in the fifth to close out the 12-2 win in five innings.
The offense gave Bultman plenty of support on the mound, as Bultman pitched all five innings and gave up just one earned run on three hits. Bultman struck out five.
Offensively the Hornets were led by Cole Malawy who drove in three runs on two hits, and scored a run in the win. Baldwin and Woodrome each drove in two runs on two hits , while Bultman and Cameron Parker drove in one run apiece. Carson Parker finished 2-3 with two runs scored, while both Bergmann and Jahnke each recorded a hit and a run scored. Paszkiewicz scored two runs in the win, while Matt Anderson scored one run.

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