Maumelle Coach Barrett Davis knew a top a 5A top 10 team would not make the state tournament. Unfortunately, it was the Hornets.
On Monday, the Hornets traveled to Farmington and lost 4-1. Finishing 19-12, Maumelle won’t make the 5A state tournament because of the way the 5A-West was set up. During the season, Maumelle competed in the blended 5A/6A-Central. The Hornets had to play a round-robin schedule with conference foes Greenbrier, Vilonia and Morrilton. Because of scheduling conflicts, they couldn’t play Greenbrier twice, and Maumelle lost 5-1. A 5-1 loss at Vilonia last Thursday gave them the third seed from their half of the conference meaning they had to travel to the second seed from the North half of the conference. In MaxPreps 5A rankings, Maumelle is 10th while Farmington is eighth and Greenbrier is second. Vilonia comes in at 11th.
“We didn’t win when we had to,” Davis said. “Against Farmington, our bats went cold, and it wasn’t a good offensive night.”
The Hornets only collected four hits with freshman Ethan Cash notching two. Senior pitcher Shelby Quiggins also couldn’t finish the game because on a sore arm.
The Hornets lose five seniors from a team that overachieved. Davis was proud they beat Russellville and Little Rock Central twice and Sylvan Hills once. From where the Hornets started, they accomplished more than expected.
“They got a lot better, and a 19-game win season was unexpected,” Davis said. “With the schedule we played and to be that successful was unexpected.”
Davis is disappointed the Hornets didn’t make the 5A state tournament. He believes that for the Maumelle to get to the next level, the Hornets need its own facilities, particularly when the weather wreaks havoc.
“The community of Maumelle and the school should be proud how we represented them,” Davis said, “It would have been nice to win one more game.”