The Hornets hit the road on the hunt for their first victory of the young season as they have three road games this week. Monday’s game against Oak Park was relocated to Tuesday thanks to some much-needed rain (or maybe it was just tears from Duke fans.) Then, they’ll head to Fort Osage on Wednesday and up to Cameron on Friday to face off against the Class 4 foe.
Both Oak Park and Fort Osage are conference games, and both look to be well matched for Northtown.
Notes for the upcoming week:
- Oak Park is sitting at 2-3 this season thanks to a flurry of games last week in a tournament. North was on the menu for the Northmen as they beat Liberty North and Lee’s Summit North last week. Their losses came to Rockhurst, Smithville, and Kearney. The game against the Broncos went 11 innings. Tuesday’s rescheduled game will mark their regular-season and home opener.
- Oak Park and Northtown have a long and storied rivalry. Since 2009, the rivalry is relatively even at 7-8 in favor of Oak Park, but in recent years, the Northmen have held a decided edge going 5-1 over the last three years.
- This will be the first of two meetings with our friends up North Oak, the second will be at Community America Ballpark in April. NKC will be the home team in that game.
- Fort Osage’s season hasn’t started out on a positive note. They stand at 0-4 after dropping a pair to Liberty North at home on Friday.
- Recent history in the Hornets/Indians rivalry has pointed south to Fort Osage. Northtown has only won three of their last 15 against the Indians. But one of those victories was in the district title game in 2010. Fort Osage would be named District champion in 2013.
- Keep an eye on Bryce Dye for the Indians. He was able to solve Liberty North’s pitchers getting three hits in the double-header with 3 RBI.
- About 30 minutes up I-35 is the competitor for Friday’s matchup. The Class 4 Cameron Dragons are 2-1 on the season. They split a doubleheader with Lawson at Community America and defeated North Harrison in their home opener.
- Prior to Friday, however, the Dragons will play four more games so they’ll be well-seasoned by the time they host the Hornets.
- Last year was the first meeting of the two teams in recent history – with Cameron beating Northtown 7-4. In that game, however, Kyle Gaines and Brayden Sell has two hits and Devin Peterson had a hit.
**UPDATE** Friday’s game with Cameron is now a double-header starting at 3pm at Cameron.
Hornets To Watch:
- Grant Lorenzen has four hits on the season (counting Jamboree games) and has also drawn two walks.
- The buzz (pardon the pun) has still been all about Anian Nicolas-Zamora’s massive homer to left field last week. That was his third hit of the season.
- Pitching has struggled giving up a total of 33 runs in their first two games. But the senior Kyle Gaines has kept his ERA at 1.00 and Brayden Sell sits at 1.33
- Team errors through the first two games are at seven. Look for them to level out as well with more game-time reps and everyone back and rested from Spring Break.
Lots of baseball this week as we hope the skies clear up so the Hornets can find that first W on their three-game road trip.
If you can’t make it out on the road with the team, Wednesday’s and Friday’s games will be updated with live scoring right here on the website. Stats will be added for Tuesday’s games on Tuesday night.
The Hornets return home next week with a two-game homestand on Monday and Wednesday hosting Chrisman and Ruskin.