Cameron Parker looks for a pitch to hit during the Hornets loss to Carterville on April 17.
By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornets baseball team had a tough week which included three tough losses to Central, Teutopolis, and Carterville. The Hornets did pick up a win this past week against conference rival Pinckneyville. The Hornets record now sits at 12-6.
Carterville 4 Nashville 2
Missed opportunities plagued the Hornets in their first game of the week against Carterville on April 17. The Hornettes outhit the Lions, but left a lot of runners on the basepaths as Carterville was able to squeak by for a 4-2 win.
The Hornets got the scoring started as they put up their only two runs of the game in the first inning of play. Cole Malawy and Bryce Bultman each scored a run in the inning, while Cameron Parker, and Nick Paszkiewicz drove in both runs for Nashville.
Carterville took the lead for good in the second as they put up three runs. The Lions would add another in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
The Hornets had a rally going in the seventh, as they loaded the bases. With two outs, Tanner Bergmann hit a hard liner, but it was right to third as the Lions were able to escape the jam and squeak out a 4-2 win.
After the game, Malawy talked about stranding runners. “We had a lot of stranded baserunners. LOB tells the story of this game. First inning, we had the bases loaded and stranded them. That’s just the way the game went. Our inability to hit with runners on base. It’s frustrating.”
Bultman started the game on the mound and went six innings for the the Hornets. Bultman gave up six hits, four earned runs and struck out two batters. Jacob Woodrome pitched the final inning, did not give up a hit, and struck out one.
Cameron Parker led the way with two hits and a RBI. Paszkiewicz finished 1-2 with a RBI and two walks in the contest. Both Malawy and Bultman notched a hit and scored a run. Jacob Woodrome, Gavin Baldwin, and Carson Parker each had a hit for Nashville. Todd Jahnke walked twice in the game.
Nashville 14 Pinckneyville 0
The Hornets were back in action on April 19 for a road showdown against the Panthers. The Hornets scored early and often as they needed just six innings to defeat Pinckneyville 14-0.
The Hornets did not wait long to get the scoring started. Nashville put up four runs in the first to take control of the contest. The Hornets would add two more in the second and one run a piece in the third and fourth innings. Nashville would put the game away for good with six runs in the sixth inning.
Woodrome was outstanding on the mound and at the plate in the contest. Woodrome pitched all six innings and gave up just four hits. Woodrome struck out nine batters in the win. At the plate Woodrome finished 4-5 with one run scored, and three RBIS. Woodrome hit a home run in the contest. Coach Malawy talked about Woodrome after the game. “It starts on the mound, Woodrome was outstanding on the mound. Every time they had a run threat, he got out of it. He made pitches when it mattered. A big day at the plate today for Woodrome. He smoked the ball today.”
Malawy went on to talk about conference play. “Pinckneyville is a good team. It just shows the parity in the conference. I just wish we had a couple games back. I do not feel like we played well at all against Carterville. Our team is 12-4, I think we could easily be a 15-1 team. Anna-Jonesboro handed it to us, everybody else I think we just came out and played bad, and didn’t necessarily get beat. It is what it is, that’s the nature of the beast in baseball.”
Also knocking the ball out of the park was Gavin Baldwin who’s lone hit was the home run. Baldwin drove in three runs. Kelton Harre drove in two runs and scored a run on one hit in the contest. Cameron Parker finished 2-4 with a run scored, one of the hits being a triple. Jahnke finished with two hits as well, drove in a run, and scored a run in the win. Paszkiewicz drove in a run and scored a run in the contest. Malawy did not record a hit, but walked twice and scored two runs. Bultman finished with two hits and scored two runs, while Carson Parker, and Patrick Combs each notched a hit and a run scored.
Central 3 Nashville 2
A close game again went against the Hornets as the Cougars scored two runs in the top of the seventh to edge past Nashville 3-2 in the first game of a double header for the Hornets. Nashville led most of the game, but Central was able to finally score in the fifth inning to tie the game at one.
The Hornets scratched a run across in the sixth, when Cameron Parker came around to score, but the Hornets could not hold the lead. The Cougars would knock a two run double into the left field corner to take the lead late, and then held off the Hornets in the seventh to pick up the win.
After the game, Central’s coach Kevin Crask talked about picking up the win. “You don’t even have to play Nashville on their home field. Nashville is just a tough team period. They are always going to play sound defense, very few mistakes. They are always going to be able to put the ball in play on a regular basis. We just have to make plays and the kids did it. It’s a good win.”
Crask also added how nice it was to beat Coach Malawy. “It is. That just goes back to high school. You always want to beat the coaches that you know and went to high school with.”
Coach Malawy felt like the Hornets let one get away from them. “We did not play very good baseball. Uncharacteristic mental mistakes and instincts cost us that game. I thought Terry Pelczynski threw a good game, and definitely threw well enough for us to win. We weren’t very good offensive swinging the bat and we didn’t make very good decisions defensively. We gave them some free bases when they were trying to give us outs on bunts, and let that one get away from us.”
Teutopolis 6 Nashville 5
There was a slight feeling of deja-vu as the Hornets took on Teutopolis in the Hornets second game of the day. The Hornets held a three run lead, but Teutopolis would come back to tie the game, and then win on a wild pitch 6-5 in eight innings. It was eerily similar to the Hornets loss to the Wooden Shoes in last year’s Super-Sectional.
Teutopolis got the early lead as the Wooden Shoes scored a run in the second and a run in the third to take a 2-0 advantage.
The Hornets would come back with four runs of their own in the fourth, as Baldwin singled home Cole Malawy to get the scoring started for Nashville. The Hornets would capitalize on an error by Teutopolis to take the lead, and Kelton Harre would drive in the final run of the inning on a groundout to extend the Hornets lead to 4-2.
In the fifth, the Hornets would extend their lead as Woodrome crushed a double to the deepest part of the park . One run scored, and the Hornets held a 5-2 lead at the end of five.
In the sixth, the Wooden Shoes would hit a towering three run bomb to tie the game at five. Neither team would score in the seventh, so the game would go to extra innings.
In the eighth, the Wooden Shoes took advantage of a wild pitch to score the winning run.
Coach Malalwy talked about the loss after the game. “We didn’t play terrible this game. Combs one of his first outings. We’re trying to turn him into a pitcher. I thought showed some great signs of him being able to pitch for our program, and did well. Todd Jahnke came in and kind of bounced it around the bases. It was deja-vu of the Super-Sectional. We wild pitched them over, wild pitched them in to win the game. It is what it is.”
Patrick Combs started the game for Nashville. Combs went four innings and gave up just five hits. Combs gave up one earned run, two runs overall, and struck out three. Jahnke pitched the final four innings in relief. Jahnke gave up six hits, four earned runs, and struck out seven batters.
Cameron Parker drove in two runs in the contest. Woodrome finished the game 2-4 with one RBI. Malawy scored two runs and added two hits from the leadoff spot in the contest. Baldwin singled, scored a run, and drove in a run in the loss. Harre did not record a hit, but drove in a run. Paszkiewicz went 1-3 with a run scored. Nick Miller als scored a run in the loss.