By Brent Huelsmann
After winning at least a share of the conference for the fifth consecutive year, the Nashville Hornets baseball team was all over the SIRR Conference Mississippi Division All-Conference team. The Hornets had eight players named All-Conference. Four Hornets made the First-Team, and four Hornets made the Second-Team. The eight selections were the most in the Mississippi Division. Carterville had five players selected, while Pinckneyville, DuQuoin, and Anna-Jonesboro each had four players selected. Sparta had two players named All-Conference.
The four Hornets that made the first-team All-Conference were led by senior Jacob Woodrome. Woodrome was joined on the First-Team by sophomore Carson Parker, and two freshmen in Cole Malawy and Gavin Baldwin. Malawy and Baldwin were the only two freshmen named All-Conference.
Woodrome played first base and pitched for the Hornets this season. Woodrome led the Hornets in hits, singles, doubles, batting average, and on base percentage at the plate this season. Overall Woodrome finished with a .430 average. Woodrome drove in 38 runs this season. Woodrome was also one of the leaders on the mound this season for Nashville. Woodrome led the Hornets with 60 innings pitched, 10 games started, and seven wins. Woodrome struck out 66 batters this season to lead the team, and finished with a 1.867 ERA.
Malawy batted towardt eh top of the lineup for the majority of the year and played shortstop. Malawy played in 36 games this season for the Hornets. Malawy led Nashville with 34 runs scored. Malawy finished with a .352 average, notched 37 hits on the season and drove in 22 runs in his freshmen campaign.
Gavin Baldwin played primarily right field for the Hornets this past season, Baldwin would also pitch late in the season. Baldwin provided power for the Hornets this season. Baldwin led the Hornets with ten home runs, and 11 doubles. Baldwin drove in a team-high 46 runs. Baldwin also led the Hornets in total bases with 80. Baldwin batted .314 on the season. Late in the season, Baldwin saw time on the mound. Baldwin pitched just nine innings, but did pick up the win in the Hornets Sectional Semi-Final win over Harrisburg.
Carson Parker was the everyday second baseman for the Hornets this season. Carson was listed as an outfielder on the All-Conference First-Team, but coaches decided to put the best 12 or 13 on the first team, and then the next best players on the second team. Carson led the Hornets in plate appearances, and at bats this season. He tied for the team lead with three triples and was second on the team with 33 runs scored. Carson was second on the team with a .362 average.
The rest of the SIRR Conference Mississippi Division First-Team All Conference team was: Hunter Ralls and Bryce Osman of Anna-Jonesboro; Bryan Witcher, Ashton Smith, Tevin Lee, and Alex Zimmerman of DuQuoin; Grant Jausel and Austin Alspach of Pinckneyville; and Cole Sizemore and Luke Anderson of Carterville.
Four Hornets were also selected to the SIRR Conference Mississippi Division. Bryce Bultman, Kelton Harre, Cameron Parker, and Nick Paszkiewicz were all selected. Bultman was named as a pitcher, Harre as a catcher, and Cameron Parker and Paszkiewicz were named as outfielders.
Bultman saw time on the mound as well as at first base this season for the Hornets. At the plate, Bultman batted .300 on the season Bultman scored 31 runs this past season, and drove in 17 runs for Nashville. Bultman was second on the Hornets in innings pitched this season, and appeared in a team-high 13 games this season. Bultman finished with a 6-1 record and was 3-3 in save opportunities this season. Butlmaan struck out 30 batters this season. Bultman finished with a 2.188 ERA.
Harre was the primary catcher for the Hornets this season. Harre appeared in 34 games behind the plate for Nashville. Harre batted .274 on the season, drove in 16 runs and scored 21 runs this season.
Cameron Parker was the primary left fielder for the Hornets this season, but also saw time at third base. Cameron appeared in all 37 games for Nashville this season. Cameron tied for the team lead with three triples this season. Cameron led the team this season with 17 stolen bases. Cameron finished the season with a .327 average and drove in 19 runs for the Hornets.
Nick Paszkiewicz was the primary center fielder for the Hornets this season, and also saw time on the mound. Paszkiewicz batted .324 on the season. Paszkiewicz finished with eight doubles, two triples, and drove in 20 runs for Nashville. On the mound, Paszkiewicz won his only start of the season. Paszkiewicz appeared in two games for the Hornets on the mound.
Joining the Hornets on the second team were: Ethan Bowen and Brad Kurtz of Pinckneyville; Dalton Goddard, and Ross Pinnon of Anna-Jonesboro; Tyler Bittle, Cam Hall, and Brock Tuttle of Carterville; and Adam Krisby and Tyler Opolka of Sparta.
By Brent Huelsmann