Tanner Bergmann belted three home runs in the Hornets 10-0 win over DuQuoin on May 8.
The regular season is a thing of the past for the Nashville Hornets as they head into the postseason. The Hornets ended the regular season with momentum as they picked up wins over Waterloo Gibault, Greenville, Flora, Murphysboro, Wesclin, Valmeyer, and DuQuoin. The Hornets ended the regular season with a record of 27-6. The Hornets will begin the postseason on May 16 against Sparta in Pinckneyville. The game time is 4 p.m.
The Hornets started off the week by wrapping up a share of the conference crown with a 10-0 win over DuQuoin. Tanner Bergmann provided the offense as he crushed three home runs in the game.
The game was scoreless through the first two innings until Bergmann came up in the third. Bergman crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to give the Hornets the lead. Bergmann would come up again in the bottom of the fourth, and crush a three run home run to extend the Hornets lead to 5-0. Bergmann wasn’t done as he would come up in the fifth and crush his third home run in as many innings to put the Hornets up 8-0. The Hornets would walk-off in the sixth on a hit by Patrick Combs.
Bergman talked about his three home run game. “He kind of left it over the plate and I took advantage of it. We hit well as a team, we did what we had to do to get the win and win conference.”
Jacob Woodrome didn’t need much run support on the mound as Woodrome gave up just one hit in six innings and struck out seven batters in the win.
After the game, Hornets coach Chad Malawy talked about the win. “It starts on the mound, Woody was awesome on the mound. They are a very aggressive hitting team and he kept the ball down and threw us some ground balls early in the game and we were able to string some nice hits together in the one inning, and Bergmann getting the big hit to open it up. I thought we banged the ball overall pretty well, we squared up some balls to the outfield today and that was nice to see from the Hornets.”
Offensively, Bergman led the way with his three home runs and six RBIs. Cole Malawy drove in two runs on two hits, and scored a run in the game. Carson Parker finished with two hits and two runs scored at the top of the lineup. Gavin Baldwin finished with two hits as well in the contest. Kelton Harre crossed home plate three times in the win. Bryce Bultman singled and scored in the game. Patrick Combs had just one hit in the game, a walk-off RBI single. Cameron Parker and Nick Paszkiewicz each finished with one hit.
Nashville was back in action on May 9 as they traveled to take on Murphysboro. The Hornets again got a great offensive showing and downed Murphysboro 10-3.
Murphysboro got the early lead with a run in the first. Murphysboro would hold the lead until the top of the third, when the Hornets took control. Five runs came across the plate in the third inning to give the Hornets a four run lead. Nashville would continue to add on as three more runs crossed the plate in the top of the fourth.
Murphysboro would add a run in the sixth, but the Hornets came back with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Murphysboro again scored a run in the bottom half of the seventh, but it was too little too late as the Hornets took the win.
Todd Jahnke got the win on the mound as he pitched all seven innings for the Hornets. Jahnke gave up just one earned up, and struck out four batters.
Baldwin led the offense in this one as he finished 1-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Cameron Parker hit the ball well in the win with three hits and two RBIs. Woodrome and Bultman each drove in a run on two hits. Tanner Bergmann also drove in a run in the contest, and finished with one hit. Carson Parker singled and scored two runs in the contest. Kelton Harre singled and drove in a run. Malawy finished the game with a hit, while Nick Paskiewicz scored a run.
THe Hornets continued their busy week with a walk-off 6-5 win over Valmeyer on May 10 in nine innings. Harre laid down a bunt in the bottom of the ninth that scored Baldwin to give the Hornets the win.
Scoreless through four innings, Valmeyer broke through with a run in the fifth, and four runs in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead over the Hornets. Nashville would get two runs back in the bottom of the sixth, and tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The game would go to extras, where the Hornets would finally win the game in the bottom of the ninth.
On the mound, Terry Pelczynski Jr. started the game and went 5.1 innings. Pelczynski Jr. gave up six hits and five earned runs in the game. Bultman would come in in relief and pitch the final 3.2 innings of the contest. Bultman gave up just two hits, and struck out two to get the win.
At the plate Nashville finished with eight hits in the game, two of which came off the bat of Harre. Harre finished the game 2-5 with a RBI. Bergman drove in two runs on one hit in the contest, a double. Both Bultman and Paskiewicz finished the game with one hit and a RBI. Carson Parker, Malawy and Woodrome each finished with a hit. Baldwin scored two runs in the win, while Cameron Parker scored one run.
Nashville was back on the field on May 11 as they took on Wesclin. The three seniors for the Hornets were honored before the game.
The Hornets needed extra innings for the second consecutive game, but picked up a 5-4 win over the Warriors.
A pitcher’s duel through the early portion of the contest, no runs were scored until the bottom of the fifth when the Hornets grabbed a 2-0 lead. Wesclin would tie the game in the top of the sixth, but the Hornets grabbed the lead right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning.
Wesclin scored two in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. The Hornets tied the game with a run in the seventh, and picked up the walk-off win with a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Matt Anderson was outstanding on the mound as he pitched all eight innings for the Hornets. Anderson gave up nine hits, two earned runs, and struck out three batters.
At the plate, Malawy did most of the damage as he finished with a team high three hits, and two RBIs. Carson Parker, and Bultman drove in the other two runs for Nashville. Baldwin and Harre each singled and scored in the win for the Hornets. Cameron Parker scored two runs for Nashville.
Nashville had two games on May 12 as they competed in the 10th Annual “Ish” Smith Baseball Classic. Nashville went 2-0 on the day as they defeated Greenville 7-6 and Flora 9-1.
Nashville took the early lead over Greenville with two runs in the second inning. The Comets would tie the game in the bottom of the third, but the Hornets again took the lead with four runs in the top of the fourth.
The Comets again tied the game with three in the fourth, and one in the fifth, but the Hornets picked up a run in the sixth to take the lead. Nashville would keep the Comets off the board in the final two innings to grab the one run win.
Combs started for the Hornets and went 4.2 innings. Combs gave up three earned runs and struck out four batters. Bultman picked up the win in relief as he pitched the final 2.1 innings. Bultman gave up two hits, and struck out one.
A balanced effort offensively for the Hornets saw Carson Parker, Woodrome, Baldwin, Bultman, Paskiewicz, Harre, and Jahnke all drive in a run for Nashville. Malawy, Woodrome, Bultman, Paszkiewicz, Cameron Parker, Harre, and Jahnke all scored a run for the Hornets.
In their second game of the day, the Hornets took control early and never looked back as they defeated Flora 9-1.
Flora got the early lead with a run in the first, but the Hornets quickly answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Hornets would add one in the second and five in the fifth as they picked up win number 26 on the season.
Bultman started the game and went three innings on the mound. Bultman struck out three, gave up three hits, and one earned run before giving way to Baldwin. Baldwin made his first appearance of the season on the mound, and pitched four innings. Baldwin gave up one hit, and struck out seven batters.
At the plate, Baldwin led the way with one hit, a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Paszkiewicz drove in three runs on one hit, a double, and scored a run. Cameron Parker finished with two hits in the contest and drove in a run. Dale Anderson and Malawy each drove in a run. Carson Parker and Bultman each scored a run for the Hornets.
Nashville ended the regular season with a 7-1 win over Waterloo Gibault.
The Hornets scored five in the first and two in the second to take a 7-0 lead and were in cruise control from there as Jahnke kept Gibault off balance all throughout the game.
Gibault would score their only run of the game on a home run in the seventh inning.
Jahnke pitched all seven innings, gave up five hits, and just the one earned run. Jahnke struck out five in the game. Coach Malawy talked about Jahnke’s performance after the game. “Fantastic effort from Todd Jahnke on the mound. It was a great outing by him. He just keeps getting better and better. If you look at our stats, he has great stats for us, congrats to him on a big win for him.”
Malawy then reflected on the season as a whole. “To get to 27 wins. I would have not took that bet to get to 27 wins with this group, but they are doing enough things right to get that. Now it is to the postseason. It’s a one and done atmosphere. Hopefully we continue to play good Hornet baseball.”
Harre had the big hit of the game, a three run double in the first inning. Carson Parker finished with two hits. Baldwin drove in a run, while Malawy singled and scored twice. Bultman singled and scored in the game. Woodrome singled in the win, while both Paszkiewicz and Cameron Parker scored a run.