Kyleigh Guinzy crushed a first inning grand slam to deep center field to help the Hornettes to a 17-13 win over Carbondale on March 30.
By Brent Huelsmann
Even with three games cancelled due to weather, the Nashville Hornettes softball team managed to get three contests in this past week as they went 2-1 picking up wins over Carbondale and Mascoutah, while dropping a contest to Freeburg. The Hornettes had games against Centralia, Carlyle, and Anna-Jonesboro all cancelled this past week, as it’s been tough to get on the field with all of the rain. Nashville has a record of 6-2 this season. This week, weather permitting, the Hornettes have two big conference matchups. Nashville travels to Carterville April 5, before hosting Pinckneyville on April 9. Sandwiched in between will be a road game against Lebanon on April 6.
The Hornettes first game of the week was a slugfest, where both teams crushed the ball. The Hornettes came out on top as a big sixt inning propelled Nashville to a 17-13 win over Carbondale.
Carbondale got the lead in the first, as they pushed two runs across in the top of the first. The scoring would be far from over as Nashville put up six runs in the bottom half of the frame. Mackenzie McFeron scored the first run of the game for Nashville to cut the Carbondale lead in half. Jordan Stiegman would tie the game with a RBI single. The big damage in the inning came off the bat of Kyleigh Guinzy. After Brooke Burcham and Jenna Harris drew walks, Guinzy would crush a ball to deep center field for a grand slam to give the Hornettes a 6-2 lead.
The second inning was the only inning in which no one scored in the contest.
Carbondale scored two more in the third inning, and took the lead with three runs in the fourth. Trailing 7-6 in the fourth, Nashville took the lead right back. Guinzy singled to lead off the inning, followed by Libby Ahlers reaching on a fielders choice. Guinzy would come around to tie the game on a RBI groundout by McFeron, and Ahlers crossed the plate on a RBI groundout by Kasten to give Nashville a 8-7 lead.
Carbondale would tie the game in the fifth, before Nashville again took the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Burcham and Harris each singled to lead off the frame. Burcham would come around to score on a passed ball. Guinzy would then hit a triple to give Nashville a 9-8 lead.
The back and forth between the two teams continued in the sixth, as Carbondale scored four runs to take their largest lead of the game as they took a 12-9 lead over Nashville. The Hornettes would strike back and take the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Seven runs crossed the plate for Nashville. The Hornettes sent ten batters to the plate, and recorded six hits in the inning. McFeron, Kasten, Heck, Stiegman, Harris, and Guinzy all recorded hits in the inning, and Burcham drew a walk.
In the seventh, Carbondale would score a run, but could not make a comeback as the Hornettes took the game 17-13.
After the game, Hornettes coach Shaun Renth said he expected a high scoring affair. “We thought it was going to be high scoring. I told Charlie (Heck) in the dugout, it’s probably going to be a 12-10 game and it was there for awhile. Our girls did a good job of battling, battled all day, and those guys could swing the bat pretty well. I think at one point their top three were 8-9 and I don’t think we got their leadoff out at all today. Just a good job by our girls swinging the bats. I thought we hit the ball really well.”
Guinzy led the way as she fell a double short of the cycle. Guinzy was 4-4 with a home run, a triple, and six RBIs in the win. Stiegman finished 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Heck finished 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Heck had a double and a triple in the win. Harris finished 2-3 with one run scored and a RBI. MCFeron scored two runs, as she finished with two hits, one of which was a double, one RBI, and a stolen base. Kasten drove in two runs on one hits and scored a run. Burcham finished the game 1-1 with three walks, and three runs scored. Whitley Hunter scored three runs, and Olivia Cook scored one run in the win for Nashville.
Harris started the game in the circle for Nashville and pitched five innings before Guinzy came in in relief to pitch the final two innings of the contest. Harris gave up seven earned runs in five innings, and struck out two. Guinzy gave up five earned runs and walked one in her two innings of work.
Nashville suffered their second loss of the season to Freeburg on March 31. The Hornettes fell behind early and could not rally late as Freeburg picked up a 7-5 win.
Freeburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead early as the Lady Midgets scored three in the first and one in the second inning. The Hornettes would tie the game in the fourth as Heck doubled with one out and came around to score on a single by Stiegman. Burcham would walk to put two batters on, and Guinzy would come up and crush her second home run in as many games to tie the game at four.
Freeburg would take the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning as the plated three runs to give Freeburg a 7-4 advantage. The score would hold steady until the top of the seventh as McFeron singled to lead off, stole second, and came around to score on a passed ball. It was the only run the Hornettes could muster as Freeburg closed out the 7-5 win.
Guinzy pitched all six innings for the Hornettes in the contest. Guinzy gave up seven runs, but only four runs were earned. Guinzy walked four and struck out two batters.
McFeron finished 3-4 in the game with one run scored and three steals at the top of the lineup. Guinzy had just one hit, the three run home run in the fourth inning. Stiegman finished 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Heck and Burcham each finished with one hit and a run scored in the los. Stanowski finished 1-3 for Nashville.
The Hornettes got back on the winning track in their second game of the day against Mascoutah as they picked up an 8-5 win. Nashville again fell behind early, but battled back to get the win.
A scoreless game after one, Mascoutah broke out for five runs in the second to take the lead. Nashville would then begin chipping away as they scored two runs in each of the next four innings to take the win.
In the third, McFeron and Kasten would each reach base with two outs in the frame. McFeron would steam second and third before coming around to score on an error. Kasten would steal second base, and come around to score on a single by Stanowski.
In the fourth, Heck would double and Stiegman would single to lead off the inning, both players would come around to score to cut Mascoutah’s lead to just one.
Nashville would take the lead for good in the fifth as two more runs crossed the plate. Stanowski would tie the game on a home run. Heck would follow it up with a triple and come around to score on a single by Stiegman.
The final two runs of the game would be scored by Nashville in the sixth as Ahlers walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, and would eventually come around to score on a single by Heck. Stanowski would walk in the inning, and courtesy runner Cook would come around to score on an error.
Harris shut down Mascoutah in the seventh to finish out the win for Nashville.
After a five run second inning, Harris shut down the Lady Indians for the remainder of the contest. Harris pitched all seven innings, and gave up five runs, four earned, and struck out one batter.
At the plate, Heck led the way with three hits, falling a home run shy of the cycle. Heck drove in two runs and scored two runs in the win. Stanowski finished the game 2-3, the big hit being the home run that tied the game in the fifth inning. Stanowski drove in two runs, and walked in the win. Stiegman also finished with two hits for the Hornettes. Stiegman drove in a run and scored a run. Ahlers finished 1-2 with a run scored, a walk, and a RBI. McFeron finished 1-4 with a run scored. Guinqy singled and walked in the win,. Kasten walked and scored for the Hornettes in the win.