The Nashville Hornets baseball team kicked off the season with back to back wins over the Rockford Lutheran Crusaders this past weekend. The Hornets cruised past Rockford Lutheran 14-2 on Friday, before winning 6-5 on a walk-off Saturday afternoon.
The Nashville Hornets needed just five innings to pick up their first win of the 2019 season as they defeated the Crusaders 14-2 on March 15.
Carson Parker led off the Hornets half of the first with a double, and the rout was on from there. By the end of the second inning, the Hornets were up by a touchdown, 7-0 over Rockford Lutheran..
The scoring wouldn’t stop there for the Hornets as the Hornets doubled their lead in the third inning. The Hornets put up 7 more runs to take a 14-0 lead. Rockford Lutheran would put up two runs in the fifth, but the final was never in question as Nashville picked up the 14-2 win.
After the game, Coach Chad Malawy talked about the win. “It’s usually going when your way when you have the opportunity to play 17 different players in a game. We are glad we got off on the right foot.”
Todd Jahnke got the start on the mound and threw three innings of scoreless baseball to get the win. Jahnke struck out five. Coach Malawy talked about Jahnke’s performance after the game.“It starts on the mound. Todd Jahnke was very effective, striking out five and walking one in his three innings of work. I thought he did a good job of staying ahead of hitters. Ahead in the count. The pace of the game was quick then for us defensively.”
Boomer Harris followed Jahnke on the mound, with a scoreless inning of work. Zack Kempfer finished up the game with an inning of work as well. Kempfer gave up two earned runs and walked four batters.
The Hornets managed just seven hits, but drew eight walks in the contest. Offensively, the Hornets were led by Parker who finished with two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Parker also walked once. Gavin Baldwin finished the game 1-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Cole Malawy drove in a run and scored three runs in the win. Kelton Harre and Nick Miller each scored two runs and notched one hit apiece. Nick Paszkiewicz singled and drove in a run. Tanner Bergman and Kempfer each scored a run for Nashville as well.
The Hornets were back in action the next day as again they matched up with the Crusaders. A much different contest than Saturday, the Hornets needed to come from behind to grab the win 6-5.
This time it was Rockford Lutheran who jumped out to the early advantage. The Crusaders took advantage of miscues and free bases by Nashville to take a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.
“We definitely didn’t play very good baseball the first few innings,” said coach Chad Malawy after the game.
The Hornets would get on the board in the fourth inning when Bergmann got hit by a pitch forcing in a run. Although the Hornets had the bases loaded, it was the lone run Nashville would get in the frame.
Rockford Lutheran added to their lead with a run in the top of the fifth, but the Hornets came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth. The Hornets run was a sacrifice fly from Baldwin.
Nashville tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Harre got the scoring started with a RBI single to get the Hornets within two. Nashville would tie the game on a sacrifice fly later in the frame.
The Hornets held the Crusaders in the top of the seventh keeping the game tied at five.
In the bottom of the seventh, it was Rockford Lutheran’s miscues that were the difference. With Baldwin on third, an errant throw from the Crusaders allowed the winning run to score.
Nashville managed just four hits in the game, but it was good enough to come away with the win. Harre led the way with a hit, a RBI, and a run scored. Bergmann also drove in a run in the contest, and notched a hit. Jahnke singled and scored in the win. Cole Malawy finished 1-4. Bryce Bultman scored two runs for Nashville, while both Baldwin and Parker scored one run a piece. Baldwin also finished with a RBI.
On the mound, Patrick Combs pitched the first two innings, giving up four earned runs and striking out three. Bultman came in in relief and allowed no hits and struck out four over two innings of work. Terry Pelczynski pitched the final three innings and got the win on the mound. Pelczynski gave up three hits, one earned run, and struck out two.