Tanner Bergmann crushed a three run home run to break the game open as the Hornets defeated Pinckneyville 9-4 on April 9.
By Brent Huelsmann
After having nine of their first twelve games cancelled or postponed due to weather, the weather has cleared up, allowing the Hornets to get in five games over the past week. Nashville went 4-1 in that stretch defeating Mater Dei, New Athens, Woodlawn, and Pinckneyville. Nashville has a record of 8-2 this season.
The Hornets got back onto the field on April 4 against Mater Dei. Originally scheduled to be an away game, the game was moved to Nashville.
Nashville got the early lead in the bottom of the second, but Mater Dei came back with four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead. The Hornets came back for two runs in the bottom half of the frame, but still trailed 4-3.
The score held steady until the sixth, when Mater Dei added an insurance run in the top half of the inning, but could not hold off the Hornets, as Nashville put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead.
In the seventh, the Hornets shut the door to pick up the non-conference win.
Todd Jahnke started the game on the mound and went six innings gave up four runs, three earned, and struck out four. Nick Paszkiewicz pitched two thirds of an inning and gave up one run on two hits. Matt Anderson came in to shut the door as he pitched the final inning and a third, picking up the win in the process.
Offensively, Jacob Woodrome led the way with three hits, and three RBIs in the win. Cole Malawy, and Cameron Parker each finished with one hit and a RBI in the win. Carson Parker Bryce Bultman, Tanner Bergman and Paszkiewicz each had a hit and a run scored in the game. Kelton Harre waled and scored in the win over the Knights, while Gavin Baldwin finished 1-3 with a double.
Nashville was back on the field on April 5, as they traveled down to Carterville for their first road game of the season. A close game, Carterville scored late to grab a 3-2 win.
Nashville took the early lead with a run in the top of the second, but the Lions quickly tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom half.
The Hornets again would grab the lead in the fourth, but Carterville would score one in the fifth, and one in the sixth to take the win.
Woodrome picked up the loss on the mound, as he pitched five and a third, gave up six hits, three earned runs and struck out five. Bultman pitched the final two thirds of an inning.
Offensively, the Hornets managed just four hits, as Carson Parker, Cameron Parker, Paszkiewicz and Malawy all picked up a hit. Paszkiewicz scored both runs for Nashville in the game. Malawy had the lone RBI in the loss.
The Hornets were back at home on April 6 as they faced off against New Athens. These two teams were scheduled to play on March 26, but the game was cancelled due to rain.
When the teams did get on the field, the Hornets used a great pitching performance from Matt Anderson to take the win. Anderson pitched a complete game shutout, and only gave up two hits as Nashville defeated the Yellow Jackets 6-0.
Scoreless through three innings of play, Nashville broke through with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Hornets would add to their lead in the sixth as four runs crossed the plate.
Offensively, Bergmann had just one at bat, but made it count as he hit a two run triple. Bultman finished with one hit, two runs scored, a walk, a RBI, and a stolen base. Paszkiewicz and Jahnke each finished with a hit and a run scored. Dale Anderson scored a run in the win.
Nashville played for the fourth straight day as they took on Woodlawn on April 7. The Hornets offense took control early as Nashville picked up an 11-3 win.
The Hornets scored four in the second and five in the third as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Woodlawn would scored two in the fourth, but Nashville would come right back with one of their own. In the fifth, both teams traded runs, and the Hornets led 11-3 after five. The Hornets would cruise from there as they picked up their seventh win of the season.
Terry Pelczynski Jr. got the win on the mound as he pitched five and a third innings, and gave up three runs, only one of which was earned. Pelczynski Jr. also struck out six batters. Zach Kempfer pitched the final inning and two thirds of the game. Kempfer struck out four of the five batters he faced.
Offensively Carson Parker had a good day with the bat as he finished 2-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases. Gavin Baldwin finished 1-4, but his lone hit was a two run bomb. Paszkiewicz finished 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Cameron Parker and Jahnke scored twice, and finished with a walk and a hit. Malawy, and Harre each finished with a hit.
The Hornets picked up their first conference win of the season with a 9-4 win over Pinckneyville on April 9. A close game early, the Hornets were able to come out on top to move their conference record to 1-1.
After both teams scored in the first, the Hornets broke the tie with a four run third inning, the big hit in the inning came off the bat of Bergmann who crushed a three run home run. After the Panthers scored in the top of the fourth to cut the Hornets lead to 5-2, the Hornets scored one in the fifth and three in the sixth to push their lead to 9-2. In the seventh, the Hornets were able to hold off a late Panther rally to take a 9-4 win.
Coach Chad Malawy talked about the win after the game. “Again it started on the mound. I though Bryce Bultman changed speeds well and just did a good job of controlling the game a little bit. Offensively I thought we had some good at bats, we put the ball in play. We cut our strikeouts down and put the ball in play with runners in scoring position. I thought we hit some balls hard today. Tanner Bergmann with the three run bomb to open the game up. Couple of other guys pounded it in the gap too.”
Coach Malawy went to talk about picking up a conference win.“Conference you have to take care of your home field, so we are happy to get in the win in conference right now.
Bultman got the win on the mound, as he pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs. Bultman struck out seven batters. Jahnke pitched the final inning and gave up two runs, only one of which was earned.
Offensively Bergmann led the way with one hit, one run and four RBIs. Bergmann’s lone hit was a three run bomb in the third inning. Bergmann would add a sac fly later in the game. Malawy finished 2-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Malawy also stole three bases. Woodrome and Baldwin each finished 1-3 with a RBI, a walk, and a run scored. Bultman, Cameron Parker, and Kelton Harre each had one hit and a run scored. Paszkiewicz finished 1-3 with a double in the win.