Paige Kasten looks to get a hit during the Hornettes 11-5 win over DuQuoin on May 8.
The Nashville Hornettes softball team ended the regular season dropping three of their final five games. The Hornettes faced tough competition this past week. Nashville defeated DuQuoin and Wesclin, but dropped games against O’Fallon, Alton Marquette, and Steeleville to end the season. The Hornettes finished the regular season with a record of 23-9.
The Hornettes began the week with their final conference game of the season. The Hornettes were able to end the conference slate on a winning note as they picked up an 11-5 win over the Lady Indians.
DuQuoin jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Hornettes came back with six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 6-4 lead. After the game, Hornettes coach Shaun Renth talked about coming back in the first inning. “It was huge coming back to get six in the first after they got four. Just answering them back. That was big, that was momentum for us.”
The Lady Indians cut the Hornettes lead to one in the second but DuQuoin would not score again. The Hornettes scored one in the second and four in the sixth and grabbed an 11-5 win. The Hornettes ended the conference season with a record of 6-3.
After the game, Renth talked about Kyleigh Guinzy settling down after the first inning. “We hadn’t played in a week. Kyleigh really settled down after that first inning, and we did a lot better job this time against Hill than we did at DuQuoin. We stayed back on the ball, hit the ball the other way, made her throw a lot of pitches.”
Guinzy got the win in the circle for Nashville.
At the plate, the Hornettes were led by Mackenzie McFeron who finished the game 4-4 with two runs, two RBIs, and four stolen bases. Sophie Heck added three hits, and three runs scored. Heck drove in two, and doubled twice in the win. Paige Kasten chipped in two hits, and also drove in two runs for the Hornettes. Guinzy drove in two runs as well on one hit. Jenna Harris singled and drove in a run in the contest. Jordan Stiegman did not record a hit but drove in a run for Nashville. Libby Ahlers singled and scored a run. Karly Stanowski had a hit in the game, and Olivia Cook scored a run for Nashville.
The Hornettes were back in action on May 9 as they traveled to take on 4A power O’Fallon. The Hornettes offense could to get anything working as O’Fallon picked up a 7-1 win.
O”Fallon scored two in the first and two in the third to take a 4-0 lead over the Hornettes. Nashville scored their only run in the fourth inning. The Lady Panthers put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning.
Harris started the game in the circle for the Hornettes and gave up all seven runs. Guinzy pitched the final two thirds of and inning to close out the game.
At the plate, the Hornettes managed just seven hits. Kasten singled and scored for the Hornettes, while McFeron, Stiegman, Heck, Stanowski, Harris, and Guinzy all singled in the contest.
The Hornettes again faced a tough test on May 10 as they traveled to take on Alton Marquette. A close game, the Hornettes found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard as they fell 4-2.
The Hornettes grabbed the lead in the top of the first, and held on until the bottom of the third when Alton Marquette tied the game. Alton Marquette would add three more in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Nashville would add a run in the fifth but could not come all the way back as Alton Marquette took the win.
The Hornettes just managed just three hits in the game. Two hits came from McFeron who finished 2-3 with a run scored. Burcham finished the game 1-2 with a Home Run
Guinzy took the loss in the circle.
The Hornettes played their final home game of the season on May 11 as they took on Wesclin. The Hornettes got back in the win column as they picked up a thrilling 7-6 win.
Wesclin took the early lead with a run in the top of the first, but the lead was short lived. The Hornettes put up four in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Wesclin got closer with two runs in the top of the third, and took the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth.
Nashville cut the Lady Warriors lead to 6-5 in the bottom half of the fifth
In the bottom of the seventh, the Hornettes got a lead off single from Guinzy. Guinzy was driven in on a RBI triple from McFeron. McFeron would come around to score on a single by Kasten that gave the Hornettes the win.
Jenna Harris started the game for the Hornettes and pitched the first five innings. Kyleigh Guinzy pitched the final two innings and picked up the win.
At the plate, McFeron led the way with three hits, two runs scored and a RBI. Kasten finished with one hit, the walk-off single. Harris and Joey Lane each finished with a hit, a RBI and a run scored. Stanowski, Guinzy and Burcham each singled and scored a run for the Hornettes. Stiegman finished the game 1-3.
Nashville closed out the regular season with a 2-1 loss to Steeleville on May 12. The Hornettes led the majority of the contest after getting a run in the top of the second, but Steeleville put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the win.
Guinzy pitched all six innings for Nashville. Both runs given up were unearned runs. Guinzy struck out two and gave up four hits.
Nashville finished with just two hits. Stanowski doubled, and Harris singled. Cook scored the only run