All Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis knows is the Hornets have a game Monday.
Where, what time and who the opponent is are yet to be determined. That’s because the seedings haven’t been established for the four contests that are supposed to take place that day. Maumelle, Greenbrier, Vilonia and Morrilton played each other to determine one through four from their half while Farmington, Harrison, Alma and Clarksville played one another to determine seedings from that half. Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis said a meeting is supposed to take place to discuss the 5A-West district tournament. The winners advance to the 5A state tournament while the losers’ seasons are finished.
“The crazy thing is the best teams from our conference may not make the state tournament,” Davis said. “Greenbrier is the number one team overall in the state and a bad game against a team with only one good pitcher, and they may not make state. The other crazy thing is say we finish fourth and have to play at Harrison. Not only, do we play up there but they will be responsible for the umpires. We just need to win Wednesday.”
The Hornets (17-10) face Vilonia on Wednesday in their final 5A-West regular-season game. If they win, they will be the second seed and host a game Monday. Before that, they finish 5A/6A-Central competition Tuesday and host Little Rock Parkview in a doubleheader. Seniors Monique Wilkerson, J.D. Bengston, Nicholas Grimsley, Tyler Graham and Shelby Quiggins will be honored on senior night.
Last Tuesday, the Hornets defeated Sylvan Hills, 12-0, and then lost, 11-1, in the second doubleheader at Sylvan Hills. They also lost, 5-1, at Greenbrier last Thursday.
“We played better in game one than we did in game two,” Davis said. “It was a good win for us, and Sylvan Hills threw their best guys. The second game was more of an opportunity to see other things and our younger guys.”
Davis said the contest at Greenbrier was closer than the score indicated. He added that the Hornets didn’t hit extremely well. Despite the two losses, the week was a good one for Maumelle.
“We got to see some good competition and good pitchers,” Davis said. “It was good for us to be in some games like that, and we needed to see some games like that.”