After Thursday, the Maumelle Hornets could have a clear understanding what seed they will be in the 5A-West District tournament.
Last Friday, the Hornets (15-8) defeated Vilonia, 10-8, to improve its mark to 3-0 against the 5A-West teams in its half of the conference. They travel Thursday to Greenbrier and a victory would secure the number one seed from the bottom half of the 5A-West into the district tournament.
“They are the number one team in the state,” Maumelle Coach Barret Davis said. “If we stick to our script and play our style, we can beat anybody. The guys have an understanding of what needs to be done, and we are relying on the seniors to lead us. It’s a big game, and we just need to care of business and do what we need to do.”
Before Maumelle faced Greenbrier, it had a 5A/6A-Central matchup Tuesday with Sylvan Hills. However, the main focus was going to be on the Greenbrier contest.
Last week, the Hornets allowed the Eagles to tally three runs in the top of the first inning before exploding for nine in the bottom of the frame. Maumelle added another run in the bottom of the second for all its scoring but managed to hold Vilonia off as it kept chipping at the lead.
“We made some errors that led to their runs,” Davis said. “We hit well the first two innings but then it stopped.”
Junior Howard Andrew paced the Hornets with three hits and three RBI which included a double. Senior Monique Wilkerson also finished with three hits and slapped a triple. Nick Grimsley’s one hit was a triple, and Shelby Quiggins added three RBIs.
Last Wednesday, Maumelle faced Pulaski Academy in a 5A/6A-Central contest at Dickey-Stephens Park. The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first and added four more runs in the fifth for an 8-1 victory. The Hornets’ lone run came in the third on Wilkerson’s RBI-double.
“We didn’t hit at all,” Davis said. “Coming off some of the teams we’ve been playing, no offense to them, but we aren’t used to seeing quality pitching, and we struggled. We also were excited to be playing at Dickey-Stephens, and it was more of an experience.”
The day before the Pulaski Academy game the Hornets blanked Little Rock Fair, 17-0, twice. That doubleheader was also a 5A/6A-Central matchup, and Maumelle is 8-3 in that conference.