You can almost smell the green grass and as soon as the snow stops falling, there will be Hornet baseball!
Welcome to the 2019 Hornet Varsity season. In his third year, Head Coach Bubba Dotson has clearly turned up the pressure on his Hornet squad with more games. The season includes an out of town trip, as well as the traditional game versus rival Oak Park at T-Bones Ballpark.
The Hornets are coming off of a 7-18 season losing in the first round of the District tournament to Kearney 5-0. They return six seniors this season, including three members who received All-Conference honors in Brayden Sell (Honorable Mention), Bryan Gallen (Second Team All-Conference), and Grant Lorenzen (First Team All-Conference)
Let’s get into the season preview with the opener – Monday versus St. Pius at their new Sports Complex off of Davidson Road. This park has been long in the making and, once completely finished, will be a multi-sport facility. Northtown played Pius twice. The season series between the two clubs leans towards the Warriors over the past 10 years at 5-3 with St. Pius winning both games last season.
Note: Weather permitting, we will be broadcasting that game on YouTube. Click the link above for more information.
In addition to the Pius game, the Hornets will play five games in five days – with the first three on the road. Hopefully Mother Nature will let the majority of these get played.
Their second road game will be at Ruskin to open the Conference portion of their schedule. The Hornets have dominated the series with the Eagles going 8-0 dating back to 2011.
They’ll then travel to District rival Winnetonka to hopefully not foul off too many balls to finish the game. Hornets will have some work to do against the Griffins as they are 1-7 over their past 8 losing a wild one last year 17-11.
Friday, March 22, we’ve been guaranteed good weather (or our money back) for the home opener. With the kids on Spring Break, they’re going to take the opportunity to play two games in a three-team triple-header starting at 2:00.
The first game will feature the Hornets against Park Hill South. The Panthers finished just above .500 last year which included a four-game swing through Oklahoma and victories over Platte County and Staley in the District tournament. South will turn around and play Cameron at 4:00 then the Hornets will have their official Home Opener at 6 complete with National Anthem, an Honor Guard and everything we need to kick off the 2019 season in style.
The Hornets haven’t played Park Hill South since 2014.
Northtown played Cameron twice last year, defeating them both times including a complete game win by Grant Lorenzen and the Hornet’s first two victories of 2018.
More preview to come next week after the weather warms just a bit and the Hornets get their first few victories on the schedule.