Walk-Offs Fuel Hornets Win Streak
Kelton Harre managed to get the bunt down in the seventh inning as the Hornets defeated Anna-Jonesboro 1-0 on April 27.
By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornets baseball team certainly had a flair for the dramatic this past week. The Hornets had three straight walk-off wins to start the week over Sesser-Valier/Waltonville, Anna-Jonesboro, and Hillsboro.
The Hornets capped off the week with great pitching performances as Patrick Combs threw a shutout in game two of a double header against Hillsboro, and Todd Jahnke threw a no-hitter against Red Bud.
The Hornets record on the season is now 17-6 and have a 5-3 record in conference play.
The Hornets picked up a comeback win over Sesser-Valier/Waltonville on April 26, as Nashville scored two in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 win. A late addition to the schedule, Carson Parker sent the Hornets home happy with a walk-off single.
The Hornets led early as they picked up a run in the bottom of the second, but Sesser-Valier/Waltonville came back with a run in the third and a run in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead in the middle innings.
Nashville would tie the game in the sixth on a RBI groundout from Cole Malawy.
The game would stay tied until the eighth when Sesser-Valier pushed a run across. The Hornets would come back in the bottom half of the inning to take the win. Jahnke would single to tie the game, and Carson Parker would send everyone home with a walk-off single.
Bryce Bultman pitched the first seven plus innings for the Hornets. Bultman gave up five hits, three earned runs, walked four, and struck out four batter. Combs picked up the win on the mound. Combs gave up one hit, and walked one batter.
After the game, Coach Chad Malawy talked about the pitchers on the mound. “Bryce Bultman threw efficiently for us on the mound. Too many free bases by him I think, but other than that, he was a plus in the game. Patrick Combs just keeps showing us every opportunity that he gets the ball on the mound that he can pitch. Really proud of him coming in and throwing really well for us in that last inning.”
Jahnke led the way at the plate with two hits and a RBI. Carson Parker only had one hit, the walk-off single while both Bultman and Kelton Harre singled and scored a run. Cole Malawy drove in a run. Cameron Parker and Dale Anderson each scored a run in the win.
The Hornets would find themselves engaged in a pitcher’s duel in their next contest as they battled against SIRR Mississippi Division rival Anna-Jonesboro. The Wildcats defeated the Hornets 6-0 on April 13. Runs were at a premium as neither team scored until the bottom of the seventh. The Hornets picked up their second straight walk-off win, as Harre layed down a perfect bunt on a squeeze play to give the Hornets a 1-0 win.
It was all pitching and defense in the contest. The Hornets got a big double play in the top of the second as Nick Paszkiewicz made a diving catch in center and threw back to first to end the threat for Anna-Jonesboro. The Wildcats would leave the bases loaded in the third as Jacob Woodrome got a huge strikeout.
One day after notching the walk-off hit, Carson Parker would score the game winning run ashe scampered home after Harre executed the squeeze bunt. The win over Anna-Jonesboro kept the Hornets Conference Title hopes alive.
Woodrome was flawless on the mound. Woodrome gave up just four hits, walked four, and struck out six in the shutout win. Coach Malawy talked about Woodrome after the win. “Woody was outstanding. That is what a hard-worker does. He just pitched his butt off today. That is one of the best games I have seen by a senior.”
Offensively Carson Parker led the way with two hits and a run scored. Harre finished the game 1-2 with a RBI. Both Bultman and Jahnke had a hit in the contest.
Two games were on the docket on April 28 as the Hornets played Hillsboro in a doubleheader. The Hornets needed a comeback in the first game, as they picked up another walk-off win 5-4 over the Hilltoppers.
Hillsboro did damage early as they put up three first inning runs. The Hilltoppers would eventually take a 4-0 lead headed to the bottom of the fifth, but could not hold the lead.
Paszkiewicz hit a big three run double in the bottom of the fifth to get the Hornets back within one and Malawy would tie the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.
With the game tied in the seventh, Carson Parker would execute the squeeze to give the Hornets a 5-4 win.
Terry Pelczynski Jr. went all seven innings on the mound. Pelczynski Jr. gave up eight hits, four runs, three of which were earned and struck out three batters.
Paszkiewicz led the way offensively. Paszkiewicz went 3-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Gavin Baldwin finished with three hits and run scored. Carson Parker notched two hits in the contest, drove in a run, and scored a run. Woodrome and Bultman each finished the game 1-3 with a run scored. Cameron Parker walked and singled in the win.
No comeback was needed in game two of the double header as the Hornets picked up a 5-0 win over the Hilltoppers. Combs kept Hillsboro off balance in the contest as he gave up just four hits in the game.
The Hornets got a run in the first to take the early lead, and would add on with two runs in the second. After the Hornets picked up a run in the fourth, Carson Parker stayed hot in the fifth as he would drive in his brother Cameron Parker to give the Hornets the 5-0 advantage.
The Hilltoppers could not get anything going offensively against Combs as the Hornets closed out the 5-0 win.
Combs gave up just four hits, walked two, and struck out five in seven innings to pick up his second win of the season.
At the plate, Carson Parker led the way with three hits, two runs scored and a RBI. Combs also chipped in at the plate as he finished 2-2. Paszkiewicz finished with one hit, two walks, and a RBI. Kelton Harre singled and scored a run. Cameron Parker walked once and scored two runs. Woodrome singled in the game.
A rare road game for the Hornets in their final contest of the week. The Hornets scored early and often as the picked up a 19-2 win over the Musketeers. Red Bud would not record a hit in the contest as Jahnke kept the Musketeers guessing. It was just the Hornets fifth away game of the season.
Nashville scored three in the first and four in the second to take control early. After the Hornets scored one in the each of the third and the fourth innings, Red Bud scored their only two runs of the contest. After four innings the Hornets led 9-2. In the fifth, Nashville would put the game out of reach as ten runs crossed the plate for the Hornets.
Red Bud went quietly in the fifth as the Hornets took the game.
Jahnke was the story on the mound. Jahnke gave up two unearned runs in the contest, but did not give up a hit. Jahnke walked one and struck out five batters.
Offensively the Hornets got contributions from up and down the lineup. Nine different players recorded hits in the game with 12 different players scoring runs.
Woodrome led the way with four RBIs in the win with his only hit being a home run. Woodrome would also walk. Jahnke drove in three runs with a triple and scored a run in the win. Malawy notched only one hit, but drove in a run, walked three times, and scored four runs. Bultman was they only Hornet to record more than one hit as he finished 2-4 with a RBI. Baldwin finished with one hit, which was a home run, scored twice, walked once, and drove in one. Paszkiewicz notched a hit, two runs, and drove in a run. Dale Anderson drove in two runs and scored a run in his only at bat. Cameron Parker singled, drove in a run, scored a run, and walked twice. Harre walked, doubled, and scored. Carson Parker did not record a hit, but walked twice and scored twice. Combs and Matt Anderson each scored a run.