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MAUMELLE BASEBALL | Hornets hit conference play this week

As Maumelle begins conference play this week, Coach Barrett Davis is only concerned about how the Hornets play.

Maumelle (6-4) opened the 4A-4 season last night and hosted Dover, then the Hornets travel Friday to Booneville. They entered conference play by winning two games over the weekend in the Mayflower tournament.

“It’s not a big deal to me whether we win or lose,” Davis said. “I just want to see us play solid baseball and play our game. If we play our game, we can compete with anybody.”

The Hornets defeated Bauxite, 18-0, and Harding Academy, 9-3, and were supposed to play more games. Davis said they would have made the championship tilt, but the rest of the tournament was rained out.

“We played really, really well and looked really good,” Davis said. “We are starting to play as a unit and as a family and aren’t being selfish.”

Davis was pleased with way Maumelle fought back against Harding Academy, the defending 3A state champions. After falling behind 2-0 and 3-2, they were able to shrug off three errors and find a way to get on base. Senior pitcher Adam Bahloul pitched four no-hit innings before Tanner Kirby took over on the mound.

“We didn’t let the errors control us and were able to get it back together,” Davis said. “We were still hustling. We were solid all the way around and batters 1-9 had good offensive games.”

Davis said they Hornets were able to find ways to get on base and score. They beat out two infield hits and stole five bases. He is pleased with the direction of the team and says the Hornets are more mature than last year at this time. Booneville won the conference title last year, and Davis says the Bearcats are probably the favorite this season.

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