The 2018 Varsity Hornets baseball team kicked off their season with three scrimmage games against the Liberty Blue Jays, Platte County Pirates, and William Chrisman Bears.
Under a progressively chilly night, the Hornets got hotter and hotter – scoring three runs in their final inning against Chrisman and showing flashes of what is to come for the young Hornets this season.
Highlights from the night:
- Senior Kyle Gaines started against the Pirates and worked out of a first inning jam giving up no runs and notching his first strikeout of the season.
- The Hornets scored one on three hits against Platte County and a double by senior Grant Lorenzen. Tim Moment and Blake Eversole also picked up hits against the orange and black.
- Liberty blanked NKC on a three inning no-hitter. They look every bit as hungry for a state title as ever.
- Game three featured three pitching gems by the Hornets. Grant Lorenzen only faced four batters to start the game, striking out one. He erased the one walk he gave up by picking him off to end the inning stranding a runner at third. Brayden Sell gave up a leadoff single then induced three straight outs to keep the slate clean. Casey Cayton shoved at the end of the game with two strikeouts in a 3-up, 3-down inning.
- Then they turned it over to the offense who finally started to heat up just as the temperature started to drop. Bryan Gallen and Andrew Mora each reached on throwing errors to start the inning, and the Hornets would capitalize. Tyler Hampton bunted to load the bases, Blake Eversole notched an RBI Sac Fly, then Austin Creekmore had an RBI groundout finishing with Daniel Cass with an RBI single to give the Hornets a 3-0 advantage in the three inning ballgame.
- Certainly lots to work on, but everyone got AB’s, all three catchers got work, and the pitching staff all got to take the hill. The Hornets have one more week of practice before strapping it on for real on March 19 against rival Winnetonka at Bradley Field at Macken Park. We hope to see all of you there to open the season!
[Featured photo of Blake Eversole by Chris Kamler]