All of the sudden, the Maumelle Hornets are riding a four-game winning streak.
Two run-rule contests against Little Rock Mills (18-0, 12-0) and an 18-2 conference win over Mena last week combined with an 8-0 conference triumph over Waldron on Monday have propelled the Hornet’s streak. (Officially, it is a five-game stretch as Maumelle was supposed to face Jacksonville Charter last week but that contest was forfeited.)
"Our attitudes have changed," Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis said. "The mental toughness seemed to work. I had one kid hit ground balls (after Waldron) and the entire team stayed. Even after I left, they stayed and worked."
In the last four games, Maumelle (11-9, 2-4 4A-4) has had complete games. Trey Kohn and Adam Bahloul pitched against Mills, Taylor Kirby picked up the win against Mena and Jacob Hollingsworth threw the shutout against Waldron.
"Jacob had 13 strikeouts and gave up one or two hits," Davis said. "He is executing his pitches and is a leader on the field."
Davis is enjoying the play of the Hornets over the last two weeks as well as the fewer words he has had to say. He has noticed that he hasn’t said much which is how he likes to coach. He would rather not have to say a word all night to his players or the umpires.
"Right now the way we have played the last four games is the way I predicted at the beginning of the season," Davis said. "Everybody has an important role. Before, I was trying to figure out who I could put in to get the job done in that game. Now, even the guys on the bench I’m trying to find a way to get in. Before, it was who can get the job done. Now, it is who can’t get the job done."
Davis sees a more relaxed team which he feels is translating to better play. He also sees that the players are starting to understand how things go and how to come back from them.
Sophomore third baseman Chad Cox is leading Maumelle in RBIs. Leading the team in the category last season, Cox had seven against Mena and three in the Waldron contest.
The Hornets host Little Rock Episcopal today and finish conference play at Subiaco on Friday.