With conference competition completed, the Maumelle Lady Hornets begin district play Friday at Waldron. A three-way tie for third between them, Dardanelle and Waldron came down to points, and the Lady Hornets ended up as the sixth seed. They face Dover at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Waldron. Two wins and they will advance to the regionals to be held next week in Farmington.

"Actually, I’m very optimistic," Maumelle Coach Jayme McCoy said. "If we play like we’ve been playing it is going to be different (than beginning of season). We are playing good defense, we just need to score runs when we have runners on base. We need to get on the same page. When the top of the lineup is hitting, the bottom is sleeping. When the bottom is hitting, the top is sleeping."

A win means the Lady Hornets (4-10, 2-4 4A-4) would meet Pottsville on Saturday. Another victory on Saturday would guarantee them a spot in the regional tournament. In a loss to Pottsville early in the season, Maumelle gave up five unearned runs. McCoy says her team is different now and is playing error-free ball.

"We still have a couple of mental mistakes," she said. "Like having runners at second and third and trying to throw home instead of going to first."

Last week, the Lady Hornets lost to Mayflower and in the Jae Lynn Memorial Tournament at North Pulaski on Saturday beat North Pulaski but lost to Pulaski Robinson and Mayflower again. Monday night, they finished up the regular season with a 2-1 loss to Clinton.

"That was a phenomenal game," McCoy said. "It was 1-0 for a long time, then they scored the second run and we scored one. We just couldn’t plate another run."

McCoy said Clinton’s pitcher wasn’t phenomenal but did have a natural rise and that her players’ pitch selection wasn’t great. She said her team played solid defense, but Clinton just got two big hits at the right time. This week, the Lady Hornets will concentrate on hitting.

"For some of the girls, it (hitting) is a six-inch space," McCoy said. "I’ve always said hitting comes down to the six inches between the right side and left side of your head."