Hornets Pick Up Two Conference Wins

Gavin Baldwin looks for a pitch to hit during the Hornets 5-2 win over Chester. Baldwin would homer in the game.
The Nashville Hornets baseball team has gotten into a rhythm over the last two weeks as they have won six of their past eight games. The only two hiccups being conference losses on the road. Nashville dropped a contest to Carterville 3-2 on April 5, and lost to Anna-Jonesboro 6-0 on April 13. Over the past week Nashville has picked up wins over DuQuoin, Chester, and Sparta. Currently the Hornets record is 11-3 with a 3-2 record in conference play.
The Hornets began the week on the road as they traveled to DuQuoin to take on the Indians. Jacob Woodrome did not need much run support, as the Hornets shut out DuQuoin 9-0
Nashville got on the board early with one run in the top of the first. The Hornets scored two more in the second and four more in the fourth to take a 7-0 advantage. The Hornets scored the final two run sof the game in the seventh and took the shutout win.
Woodrome pitched six and two-thirds innings in the game and gave up just five hits. Woodrome did not walk a batter and struck out five. Jahnke pitched the final third of an inning and struck out the only batter he faced.
Offensively Cole Malawy led the way with four hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Carson Parker finished with three hits in the win, drove in a run, and scored a run. Gavin Baldwin finished 2-4 with 2 RBIs for Nashville. Woodrome also chipped in with the lumber as he finished with two hits, a walk and a RBI. Cameron Parker doubled, walked, drove in a run, and scored a run in the win. Nick Paszkiewicz and Bryce Bultman each notched a hit and scored a run for Nashville. Todd Jahnke and Dale Anderson each scored a run in the win.
The Hornets returned home on April 11 to take on Chester in a non conference matchup. The Hornets used a big inning on their way to a 5-2 win.
Chester got the early lead as they pushed a run across in the first, but they could not hold the lead. Nashville put up five runs in the third inning to take control. Woodrome lined a two run single to give the Hornets the lead, and Baldwin followed it up with a long three run home run to give the Hornets a 5-2 lead.
Chester would get a run back in the fourth, but would not score the rest of the way as the Hornets closed out the 5-2 win.
After struggling early, Nick Paszkiewicz settled down to get the win. Paszkiewicz pitched three and one-third innings, gave up just one hit, struck out three, and walked five batters. Paszkiewicz gave up two runs, but only one run was earned. After the game, Hornets coach Chad Malawy talked about Paszkiewicz. “Nick struggled with command today, but he’s a bulldog and a fighter. Nick Paszkiewicz is a bulldog and a fighter. He competes every pitch. Unfortunately he just didn’t have his best stuff today. He’s always going to give us 110% and I love the way he plays the game.”
Matt Anderson pitched the final three and two-thirds innings to get the save. Anderson gave up three hits, did not allow a run, and struck out three.
Baldwin led the way offensively as his three-run home run was the difference in the game. It was Baldwin’s only hit of the contest. Woodrome finished the game 1-3 with his lone hit being a two-RBI single in the third. Both Malawy and Harre each singled and scored a run in the game. Cameron Parker and Dale Anderson each scored a run.
The Hornets bats fell silent on Friday the 13th as they fell to Anna-Jonesboro 6-0 on the road. The Hornets managed just two hits in the contest.
Anna-Jonesboro took control of the game early as all six runs were scored in the first two innings of play. The Wildcats scored four in the first and two in the second. The Hornets did not have their best game in the field as Nashville committed six errors in the game.
Jahnke started the game for the Hornets and went four innings in the loss. Jahnke gave up six runs, but none of the runs were earned. Jahnke walked two and struck out four in the game. Patrick Combs pitched the final two innings. Combs walked two and gave up one hit.
Offensively, both Woodrome and Baldwin notched singles for the only two hits of the game for the Hornets. Harre reached base via a walk.
Nashville got back on the winning track as they defeated Sparta 6-0 on April 16. The Hornets got another gem on the  mound as Terry Pelczynski Jr. pitched a one hit shutout to get the win.
The Hornets took the lead in the second inning as Bultman walked with the bases loaded.  The Hornets would grab another run in the third, and put the game away in the sixth as four runs crossed the plate. Woodrome, Baldwin, and Cameron Parker all had RBI singles in the sixth inning.
Pelczynski Jr. was flawless on the mound. Pelczynski pitched all seven innings and gave up one hit. Pelczynski walked two and struck out ten batters to get the win. Coach Malawy praised Pelczynski after the win. “In the first inning and the sixth, he got out of a jam. I think Spud threw a gem today. It’s nice to see that from our big sophomore.”
On offense the first six batters in the batting order for Nashville all drove in a run. the Hornets were led by Woodrome who finished 3-3 with a RBI and a walk in the game. Cameron Parker finished the game 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Harre finished with two hits an a run scored. Baldwin singled and drove in a run while both Bultman and Malawy drove in a run, walked, and scored. Nick Paszkiewicz drove in a run in the win. Jahnke singled and scored in the win.

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