With only one senior and three juniors, the Maumelle Lady Hornets are young, inexperienced and in a rebuilding process.
Though the Lady Hornets are 8-6 overall, they are in the toughest 5A conference in the state. Currently, Greenbrier is ranked number one, Morrilton is two, Farmington is third and Vilonia is seventh. Maumelle has already lost to Morrilton and Greenbrier and still must meet Vilonia to determine its seeding into the 5A-West district tournament where it most likely will face Farmington in the first game.
Thus, the Lady Hornets are concentrating on their finish in the 5A/6A-Central blended conference. The title will come down between them and Sylvan Hills in two weeks.
“We are looking at that as our state,” Maumelle Coach Jarred White said. “We are in a tough conference (5A-West) and haven’t hit well. We have been in every game and our pitching has done well we just can’t score the runs.”
White said the Lady Hornets were in both games with Greenbrier and Morrilton. In the Greenbrier matchup, they trailed 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Panthers had runners at second and third with two outs, but Maumelle couldn’t get the third out on the next play and lost 8-0. Against Morrilton, they trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth before losing 8-2.
“We were in both games,” White said. “We are struggling hitting the ball and making a lot of errors and the flood gates open.”
White said junior Reagan Pierce is doing a good job of pitching and junior Shelby Forehand is leading off and getting on base. Freshman Zoe Adebayo has hit every game and so far has smacked three home runs.
Maumelle defeated Hazen on Monday, 10-3, and several players contributed two hits including Forehand, Pierce, Adebayo, Kila Allen and Irianna Allen.
On Saturday, the Lady Hornets compete in a tournament in Heber Springs and play Southside Batesville in their first contest.