Finally, the Maumelle Hornets broke a three-game losing skid with an 18-1 victory over Waldron last Friday.
Prior to the win, the Hornets (7-7, 1-3 4A-4) lost three conference games in a row. The third loss was a 5-3 defeat to Pottsville last Tuesday. In the Waldron triumph, senior Abe Young and sophomore Harrison Rutledge hit home runs while Adam Bahloul threw a one-hitter. Maumelle’s performance was welcomed after making mistakes against Pottsville.
“We gained confidence and played well,” Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis said. “Against Pottsville, we were up two to three innings and then gave up walks and had errors. It was one of those things. Our ERA is 2.5 which is pretty good, but our unearned run stat is through the roof.”
Though the Hornets are 1-3 in conference, Davis is not concerned about that mark. Regardless of what happens, they will play in the district tournament. Additionally, he said the conference foes are beating each other up, and Maumelle has lost its three games by a total of four runs.
He is hoping the Hornets can turn the corner and believes playing games is the answer. If they play their game, then Davis is not worried about the outcome.
“Against Waldron, we won the game by executing bunts, stealing bases and controlling the tempo,” he said. “We don’t know how to play together and be in sync yet. We are waiting for someone else to do the job. We just need to play more games. In the next three weeks before the conference tournament, we will hopefully play 10 games.”
Davis added he has a good nucleus of players. Since the younger guys have grown up and played together, they have more of that cohesiveness. He has thrown them in games against bigger schools, and they have held their own and even beat some of those teams. Because they know each other, they play with good energy, and Davis sees that transferring to the older guys.
A contest with Pine Bluff was rained out this past Monday, and the Hornets were supposed to host Dardanelle this past Tuesday. Today, they travel to Mena and host North Pulaski in a make-up contest Friday.