The Varsity squad finished their first week 2-3 and had a ton of great performances. The Winnetonka game showed the best and the worst the Hornets have to offer along with some fantastic pitching performances by Konnor Thompson in the Cameron game and Noah Devero in the Ruskin game.
The offense has also been the bright spot of the quad with freshman Brock McLaughlin notching a dinger in the Tonka game and six Hornets with at least seven hits through five games.
The week ahead won’t be quite as hectic and jam-packed as last week, but no less challenging.
Varsity starts the week at home against conference rival Belton. The Pirates are also 2-3 on the young season having played all five games last week out of state. A three-game swing through Arkansas saw them defeating Westside (AR) and West Plains (MO) and falling to Pea Ridge (AR) in the Ozark Classic. Then they played two Kansas Schools losing to Gardner-Edgerton and Aquinas.
This will be the Pirates first conference game. They finished the season at 16-9 and have finished over .500 the last two seasons.
The Pirates are led offensively by Johnathan Rickard at the top of the order who has already had three multi-hit games. Look for a strong back of the bullpen from Teron Williams who has closed out three games already for Belton.
Over the weekend, the Hornets will hit the road for their only trip out of the city into St. Louis to play Duschene High School. The Pioneers are 1-2 on the young season finishing 7-18 last year. The play mostly on the private school circuit in the St. Louis area. Coach Bubba Dotson played in college with their head coach Mike Hollander at Missouri Western.
Should be a great week ahead for the Hornets and so far the weather has cooperated! Let’s keep it up.