Though it is still early in the season, Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis is already seeing much improvement over last year.
Last year, the Hornets (2-3) finished 18-11 and lost to Prairie Grove in the first round of the regional tournament. Only losing two seniors from last year, including pitcher Jacob Hollingsworth, Maumelle basically returns its entire team with a few additions of some sophomores and a move-in.
"We should be better and our pitching is way better," Davis said. "Top to bottom, we are better or as good as (last year)."
Pitching is a strength with 10-11 guys who can throw. Davis is still figuring out who the top guys are but has the luxury of having several guys who can hurl.
Davis also said the infield and outfield are decent and so far the Hornets have hit four homeruns which is more than the last two years combined. He believes the reason is because the players are stronger than in the past. He also noted sophomores Harrison Rutledge, Ryan Hunter and Caleb Disterdick stepping up and playing well.
Right now, Davis said the Hornets just need to clean up their performance. Though Maumelle has allowed a decent ERA, he thinks the guys are putting too much pressure on themselves.
"I think this team has the confidence but because they are pretty good, they think all they have to do is show up," Davis said. "Even when they mess up, they have to keep playing and believing in themselves. It’s just normal stuff. No doubt we will be better than last year, and I think it will show better."
The Hornets hosted Lonoke last night and host Benton on Thursday.