Hornets improve record to 14-4 with pair of wins
The Baldwin City Hornets won two games last week to push its regular season record to 14-4.
The Hornets, which play in the 13-14 year-old Houk-Ice league in Lawrence, exploded for a five-run first inning en route to a 13-1 victory against the Cardinals. The Hornets got solid pitching from J.D. King, who threw a no-hitter. King struck out 10 Cardinal batters in the five-inning game. Austin Inzer belted two singles for the Hornets and King, Daniel Morris and Kyle Flory each had a double. Eight of the nine Hornets scored a run.
Against the Tigers, the Hornets trailed 2-0 through three innings but rallied for 10 runs to win 10-2. Brian Wendt and Flory each had three hits and Kyle Lauridsen had two. A key single by King in the fifth inning that scored Brian Turk and Wendt began a six-run, two-out rally. Wendt pitched a complete game and picked up the win. A single by Turk led off the sixth inning in which the Hornets scored three.
Coach John Fuller said a trademark of the team is toughness in late innings regardless of the score.
"One of the things I like best about this team is that we keep
battling," Fuller said. "We've had success because even if we happen to get down by a run or two early in the game, these guys believe they will come back."
The Hornets play Wednesday and Friday in Lawrence and wrap up the regular season next week.