Pictured is pitcher Ethan Slavens
On Tuesday, March 10, the Hackett Hornets went batter up against the Waldron Bulldogs for their first game of the baseball season. The Hornets finished with an 8-3 loss which isn’t too shabby for their first time workin’ the dirt. “Our biggest area of improvement needs to be the hitting,” explained coach, Jordan Shelby. “I thought our pitching and defense looked good for the most part and I thought we competed well for it being the first game of the year.”
The Hornets are sitting with a roster of 21 players consisting of seven seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen which is the perfect balance of seasoned players and fresh faces. Teamwork is what the Hornets do best and with the first game jitters under their belt, these boys are about to send shock waves all through the rest of their season.
Up next, Hackett will slam out their first conference game of the year when they host the Lavaca Golden Arrows on Thursday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. This will be Lavaca’s first game of the season. “I feel good about our Lavaca game. I think we have a lot of potential to have a good year. I think we have a good pitching staff and our defense plays well. We will have to hit better and just put the ball in play.”
Photo courtesy of Dave and Desiree Slavens