After an easy schedule last week, the Maumelle Hornets have some important games this week.


The Hornets (12-7) defeated Little Rock Hall, 12-1 and 16-1, last Tuesday and bounced Little Rock Central, 11-1, last Thursday. This week they were supposed to play Vilonia in a doubleheader on Monday, but that game was cancelled because of lightening and rain. A single game will be made up Friday with the other contest tentatively scheduled for April 27. However, if seedings for the 5A-West district tournament can be determined without that contest, it won’t be played.


Tuesday, Maumelle was scheduled to play Little Rock Fair in a doubleheader, weather permitting. The anticipated contest Wednesday is a 5A/6A-Central matchup with Pulaski Academy at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. A junior varsity game is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the varsity contest slated for 6 p.m. The last time the two teams met, Maumelle won 10-9 in 14 innings.


“Billy (Adams, Pulaski Academy coach) had that date set and asked us if we wanted to play,” Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis. “We gladly accepted. It’s a facility every kid likes to play in, and we are excited.”


While the Hornets didn’t have a tough time last week, Davis said the week was good for the Hornets to work on different aspects of the game and gave the coaching staff a chance to see other kids on the mound. Davis said he used last week to establish strike zones with the pitchers and going after the batter. Defensively, they concentrated on keeping the balls in the infield, not letting the ball go over the outfielders’ heads and the catcher blocking balls.


“We needed to save some arms and get our confidence back because we’ve had some guys struggling at the plate,” Davis said. “Up until last week, we had a tough schedule, and it was nice to catch our breath.”


At this point, Davis said he still doesn’t know where the Hornets stand. In the 5A/6A-Central, they are tied for second and one of three teams in first in their half of the 5A-West. Places should be figured out in the next couple of weeks.