By Bruno Bavaro ’16
Hornet’s baseball finds itself down in the count early in the season as they fall to 0-4.
Big losses to Grand Street Campus, High School for Construction, and two to Madison High School have the boy’s baseball team’s confidence low going into the second quarter of their season. They started the season losing by scores of 10-0, 7-2, 2-0, and 5-4. Their recent 2 game series against Madison were very intense as both games were competitive until the end.
On Wednesday, April 15 the two teams played at Midwood’s home field, McGuire Park. Starting for the Hornets was pitcher Francis McMahon ’16. The Madison Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after a few walks and two hits.
Throughout the first four innings the Hornets missed out on many opportunities leaving runners on base in scoring position three times.
In the top of the fifth inning Robert Malone ‘15 came into to relieve McMahon, he gave up one run on a sacrifice fly which put the Knights on top by a score of 4-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Hornets came out striking. Right fielder Bruno Bavaro ’16 came to the plate with bases loaded drawing a walk to give the Hornets their first run of the ball game. Two batters later Jaylen Robinson ’18, hit a hard groundball that the first baseman could not field cleanly giving the hornets another run.
With two outs in the inning designated hitter Alec Mcfeely ’16 doubled down the right field line to score Bavaro and catcher Nick Cardeiri ’17. This tied the game up at 4.
The next inning the Hornets brought in a new pitcher, Thomas Scarpaci ’16. After quickly retiring the first two batters, he walked the next two. After a passed ball advanced the runners to second and third base, one of the Knights muscled a ball over the shortstop’s head for an RBI single putting the Knights back on top 5-4.
This lead was one the Knights wouldn’t give up as the bottom of the seventh inning came. The Madison pitcher delivered a walk to center fielder Gavin Brien ’16 but with two outs got Cardieiri to fly out to right field to end the game.
Unfortunately the Hornets were handed their fourth loss of the season.
“We put up a great fight and this game gives us confidence as we move along with our season,” said Cardieri. “This battle shows us that we can compete when we come together as a team.”
Although they got off to a rough start, the Hornets baseball team still has twelve games remaining on their schedule.