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Diamond Recap

By T.J. Morgan, Freelance Sports Writer

The Hornets began the week at Edmonton Memorial Park Tuesday, opening district play against Cumberland County. The Hornet offense once again struggled, as Collin Shive recorded the only Metcalfe hit of the game. Kruz Tucker would be the pitcher of record, as the Hornet defense was unable to make plays behind him, falling 0-16.

Kruz Tucker on the mound Tuesday for the Hornets. Photo courtesy of Laurel Garrett

Metcalfe traveled to Cumberland County Wednesday for the second game of the district series. Maddux Garrett would get the start on the bump and once again pitch masterfully. Maddux would only give up four walks in his six and two thirds innings of work. The Hornet lineup would finally come alive and provide the pitching staff with run support for the first time this season. The Hornet bats would put up 11 runs and hold off the Panthers in the bottom of the seventh, improving to 1-1 in the district with an 11-10 victory.

The Hornets would finish the week at Caverna. Eighth grader Chance Garrett would get his first start of the season on the mound. Chance would not disappoint, only giving up two walks and one earned run. The Hornet bats would stay hot Thursday, putting up 21 runs against the Colonels. Jax Allen led the Hornet lineup, hitting for the cycle, scoring four, and driving in three for Metcalfe. The Hornets would finish the game with a 21-5 win.

Metcalfe Slugger Cole Shive. Photo courtesy of Laurel Garrett

After only scoring four runs in the first six games, the Hornets have put up 32 runs in their last two victories. The Metcalfe bats appear to be adjusting as they see more varsity level pitching. The young guns on the mound have shown incredible potential. Hornet pitchers have really pounded the strike zone and challenged hitters this season. Metcalfe will look to improve their defense as the season continues, putting together an entire repertoire on the diamond.

Chance Garrett pitching for the Hornets. Photo courtesy of Laurel Garrett

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