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MAUMELLE BASEBALL | Despite wins, Hornets hurting

Maumelle's Ty Stricklin recently signed with Central Baptist College to continue his baseball career. Paul Fimpel Jr.
Maumelle's Ty Stricklin recently signed with Central Baptist College to continue his baseball career. Paul Fimpel Jr.

Going undefeated last week during a week span was the first time in a while for the Maumelle Hornets.

The Hornets (11-7, 3-3 4A-4) defeated conference foes Dardanelle (4-0) and Mena (11-3). Last Friday at senior night, they defeated North Pulaski in a doubleheader 10-0 and 18-5. The North Pulaski victories were the 50th and 51st in the school history. However, all was not well in the doubleheader victories as senior pitcher Tanner Kirby and junior outfielder Kuron Summons suffered injuries.

Kirby threw a one-hitter in the first contest against North Pulaski then in the second game stepped on his ankle wrong. Summons, the leadoff batter, has a possible hamstring injury.

“Kuron has stolen 35-40 bases this year and was trying to go from second to third,” Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis said. “He looked at me and said coach something isn’t right. To let me call timeout, I knew something wasn’t right.”

Against Dardanelle last Tuesday, senior pitcher Abe Young tossed a complete game one-hitter and was throwing in the upper 80’s. Davis said the Hornets did a good job of playing small ball and would get hitters on base and then move them around.

“It was one of our better games all year,” he said. “We didn’t make errors, and they didn’t make errors. It wasn’t a normal high school game and was two good teams playing good baseball.”

At Mena, senior Adam Bahloul relinquished two hits in six innings and threw in the upper 80’s. Kirby took the mound in the seventh inning and with 10 pitches struck out three batters. His velocity was in the low 90’s. Mena took a 3-1 lead after one stanza, but Maumelle scored in every inning after that to notch the victory.

Davis said North Pulaski was better than it has been in the past, and the Hornets once again played small ball to win the first game. Because Maumelle isn’t used to playing doubleheaders, it took the Hornets a while in the second game to get going.

“After the second inning, we realized we needed to step it up,” Davis said. “In the second game, we realized we are good hitters and started hitting the ball. Ryan McCullough (senior) also broke out of his hitting slump.”

Maumelle traveled to Harding Academy yesterday for a varsity contest and Thursday hosts Bauxite. On Friday, the Hornets host Subiaco in a conference contest at UALR and also host Bryant at UALR on Saturday.

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