Offense Leads Hornets To Three Straight Wins

Senior Karly Stanowski crushed the first home run of the year for the Hornettes in the first inning of Nashville’s 23-0 season opening win over Greenville.
By Brent Huelsmann
The offense of the Nashville Hornettes has been on fire in their first three contests as they defeated Greenville, Waltonville/Sesser-Valier and Dupo to begin the season. The Hornettes have outscored opponents 48-5 so far this season.
The Hornettes scored early and often in their first contest of the season as they traveled to take on Greenville. The Hornettes put up 13 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 23-0 win in four innings of play.
Mackenzie McFeron got the scoring started right out of the gate as she singled to open the first, stole second, and came around to score on an errant throw. The Hornettes kept the line moving in the first as Karly Stanowski, Sophie Heck, Jordan Stiegman, Libby Ahlers, and Brooke Burcham all drove in runs in the inning. The first home run of the year came off of the bat of Stanowski, who crushed a three run shot in the first.
The Hornettes continued to pour it on in the second with six more runs to take a 19-0 advantage over Greenville.
Four more crossed the plate in the third inning as Stiegman sent a pitch over the wall for a grand slam to move the Hornettes advantage to 23-0.
In the fourth, the Hornettes sent Greenville down in order, and won the game 23-0.
After the game, Hornettes coach Shaun Renth talked about building confidence offensively.”That’s what we told the girls, don’t expect every game to be like this, but it’s nice to come out and get a little bit of confidence and swing the bats really well. It was nice to see the girls stand up there and not take walks and swing the bats.”
Stanowski led the way with three hits, one of which was the home run. Stanowski finished with six RBIs in the contest. Stiegman drove in five runs in the win, also notching three hits. Heck, McFeron and Kasten also had three hits apiece in the win. Ahlers finished with two hits in the win, while Hayley Kujawa, Jenna Harris, Kyleigh Guinzy, and Brooke Bartling each finished with one hit. Olivia Cook scored a run in the win.
Nashville was back in action on March 17 as they took on Waltonville/Sesser-Valier and Dupo in a doubleheader. The Hornettes first game of the day came against Waltonville/Sesser-Valier.
Again the Hornettes offense produced as the Hornettes picked up an 11-1 win in six innings. Harris kept the bats of Waltonville/Sesser-Valier quiet, as she pitched all six innings and gave up just one run and struck out five batters.
Again McFeron got the Hornettes started offensively as she walked to lead off the top of the first. McFeron would then steal second and third, before coming around to score on a lineout from Kasten.
The Hornettes broke the game open in the second as they pushed seven runs across the plate. McFeron, Kasten, Cook, who pinch ran for Stanowski, Heck, Burcham, Guinzy, and Ahlers each scored a run in the second inning to give Nashville an 8-0 advantage.
Waltonville/Sesser-Valier scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a solo home run, but the Hornettes got the run right back in the fourth as Stanowski connected on a solo home run to give the Hornettes a 9-1 lead.
Nashville would then score two in the sixth to take an 11-1 lead. The Hornettes then would shut down Waltonville/Sesser-Valier in the bottom half of the inning to take the win.
Nashville finished with 12 hits in the contest, and were led by Stanowski who finished with three hits, and three RBIs. Kasten drove in three runs. Kasten’s lone hit in the game was a double. McFeron finished with two hits, scored three runs in the contest, and stole four bases for Nashville in the win.  Stiegman and Ahlers each finished with a hit and an RBI, while Heck, Burcham, Harris, and Guinzy finished with a hit for the Hornettes.
Nashville was back in action later that day as they took on Dupo.
A close game through the first two innings, the Hornettes broke away in the third and cruised to a 14-4 win in five innings.
The two teams were tied after one inning of play, but the Hornettes took the lead for good in the second. Two runs crossed the plate for the Hornettes in the frame to give them a 3-1 lead. Ahlers singled with two outs, and McFeron followed it up with a walk. McFeron and Ahlers would come around to score on a single off of the bat of Kasten.
Nashville put the game away in the third, as eight runs crossed the plate. McFeron, Kasten, Stiegman, Harris, Guinzy, and Ahlers all scored one run in the inning, while Heck crossed the plate twice in the third. The biggest swing came from Harris who crushed a two-run home run in the frame. McFeron, Kasten, and Stiegman all drove in a run in the third.
Dupo would get two runs back in the third, and trailed 11-3 after three innings of play. The Hornettes offense again responded in the top of the fourth. Nashville would score three in the fourth to take a 14-3 lead over the Lady Tigers.
After Dupo held Nashville scoreless in the fifth, the Lady Tigers would score one run in the bottom half of the inning, but could not extend the game, as Nashville took the win 14-4.
Kasten led the way as she finished 3-3 with two runs scored and 4 RBIs in the win. Ahlers, Steigman, and Heck all finished 2-3 in the win. Ahlers scored three runs for Nashville. Stiegman drove in two, while Heck drove in one run. Stanowski, Harris and Guinzy each finished with a hit.
In the circle, Guinzy pitched a complete game. Guinzy gave up nine hits in five innings, while striking out seven batters. Overall Guinzy gave up four earned runs.

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