It seems that most of the wintry weather will have passed when the Hornets (4-6) travel up I-29 to Park Hill on Monday (we hope) to take on the Park Hill Trojans (5-5). The Hornets had a rollercoaster week marred by weather and a tough doubleheader against Staley, but before that winning four straight games. Northtown has had the odd schedule condition of playing in three straight double-headers winning the first four, then running out of gas against the Falcons.
The boys go back to single games on Monday against the Trojans who have had an up and down season as well. They went 2-3 in the Metro Leadoff tournament, then lost at Liberty North to start the season. They swept a pair against Oak Park and won against Lee’s Summit West, but dropped their last game at Blue Springs.
Park Hill has been best at home going 3-0 so far this season. Head Coach Greg Reynolds is leveraging pitching with this year’s squad led by Senior Liam Henry. We mentioned Henry, who is committed to Arkansas next season, earlier
this season in the Spring Preview and he’s been nails so far this year. Henry went the distance against Lee’s Summit West holding the Broncos to two earned runs and five hits striking out five. Also keep an eye out for Juniors Chandler Ashby and Zane Morrow on the hill. Ashby and Morrow teamed up for victories against Oak Park last week with Ashby striking out seven and Morrow notching eight K’s. At the plate, Henry is the leadoff and the workhorse. He’s had seven RBIs the last three victories for the Trojans.
On the series between the Hornets and Trojans it has come up all Park Hill. They are 12-0 dating back to 2009 and the Trojan baseball program has been stacked through the years placing two graduates in the minor leagues in recent years. Aaron Ashby, drafted by Texas in 2017 and Dalton Moats, drafted by Tampa Bay in 2013. Their most successful alum was Andy Ashby, a pitcher for the Padres and Dodgers in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
The Hornets look to continue their warm up along with the weather so come out Monday and check out the Hornets as they try to break a long running streak against the Trojans. We’re going to be tinkering with some live video at this link – so check us out.