The Hornet varsity baseball team brought home the championship trophy for pool 2 at the Northside ISD baseball tournament this weekend. After falling to McCollum on Thursday the Hornets got things turned around and played well the rest of the way.
The slow start caused the Hornets to fall behind by 7 runs in the 5th inning of game one. The Hornets couldn’t quite erase the 7-run deficit in the loss to McCollum.
The Hornets opened the day on Friday with a win against Lee with a score of 4-1. In the first inning, Lee got their offense started when Dane Swoboda doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run. The Hornets answered right back getting one of their own in the bottom of the 1st. The Hornets pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third Robert Sierra singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run and Nathan Galan doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs. Brian Forke was the winning pitcher for the Hornets. He lasted five innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out four. Sierra went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Hornets in hits for the game.
The Hornets rolled into the second game of the day with confidence. Matthew Luna shut down Brennan, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Hornets to a 7-0 victory. The Hornets notched three runs in the sixth inning to help support Luna on the mound. The bats were led by Steven Barrera, Sierra, and Nathan Galan, all driving in runs in the frame. Luna earned the win for the Hornets only allowing one hit and zero runs over seven innings with 11 strikeouts. The bats for East Central exploded for 15 hits throughout the game. Barrera, Sierra, Justin Gutierrez, Galan, and Ozrick Salas each racked up multiple hits for the Hornets.
The Hornets opened up with Clark on Saturday and took the lead late in the game when Logan Taylor hit a 3 run homer over the left center field wall. Clark was able to tie the game on a 2 out single in the bottom half of the inning ending the game in a 5-5 tie.
The Hornets finished off the tournament with a convincing 8-1 victory over Marshall on Saturday. The game was tied at one with the Hornets batting in the top of the fifth when Jacob Ovalle doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. Logan Taylor had another homer to help the Hornets pull away late in the game. Ovalle led the Hornets to victory on the mound. He lasted six innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out seven and walking zero.
Big congratulations go out to Logan Taylor and Jacob Ovalle for being named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Hornets will play Reagan at East Central on Tuesday as they prepare for the Miras Classic Tournament in Corpus Christi next weekend. Thanks to the Hornet fans who came out and cheered on the Hornets throughout the weekend. Hope to see you there Tuesday night. Go Hornets!