After an unexpected week off, Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis is anxious to see how this week transpires.
Even though it was spring break last week, the Hornets (6-6, 0-1 4A-4) were supposed to participate in the Mayflower tournament over the weekend. However, it was rained out, and the Hornets last contest was an 8-7 loss to Pottsville on March 15.
"We really needed those games and needed to play," Davis said. "I set the schedule so we would have to play and compete every single night."
Instead of practicing yesterday to prepare for last night’s conference matchup at Dover, Davis had all his players attend the junior varsity game on Monday either as a player or spectator.
His philosophy is simple.
"We’ll go out and play and see what happens," Davis said. "I told the guys they can show up and play or continue to struggle. I can only wish so much for them."
The Hornets also play at North Little on Thursday and host Booneville in a conference matchup Friday. With only a single round-robin conference schedule, each game carries more weight. Two victories would be a tremendous lift for Maumelle.
"More than anything, it would be a big confidence boost to have a winning week," Davis said. "There is a lot of pressure because we don’t want to be 6th or 7th in the conference. At 6-6, basically, we are starting the season over. I’m still not worried because I have faith in our guys and our game plan."
Senior lefthander Jacob Hollingsworth pitched against Dover. Davis was going to have to find a new third baseman when his transferred to Mayflower after his parents moved. Davis says he is losing a big stick and may bring up a freshman in that spot.
Maumelle’s team batting average is .390. Last year, they had 140 hits and as of Monday had 110 with half of the season left.
"Statistically, we are way above last year," Davis said. "The downfall is our mental mistakes. A lot of times they aren’t physical, just mental."