The Hornets junior varsity baseball team traveled to Live Oak this past weekend for tournament play. Mayo was able to play well in spurts against quality opposition in Live Oak and Perry, but would drop both their contests.
In the opening game against Live Oak, a great effort was turned in by the youngsters, but fell 5-3. After falling behind 5-0, the Hornets made their usual comeback in the sixth inning scoring three runs. Singletary led off with a walk, with Milton, Keen and Fillyaw following with singles to produce the three runs. Mayo would threaten in the top of the seventh after a Knight hit, followed by a Milton walk, but was not able to bring them across.
Keen took the mound for the Hornets and gave the team six good innings striking out six batters along the way.
Against Perry, the fireworks started early for the Hornets scoring four runs. Singletary drew a walk, while Kyle Pearson was able to reach safely to put a couple of runners on the base paths. Kris Pearson and Milton would hit safely to bring in a couple of runs, while an error permitted Fillyaw to reach allowing the four runs to score.
Thompson took the mound for the Hornets, and did not allow runs in the first inning, striking out a batter in the process. Perry would cash in on some errors in the second and fourth innings which produced 14 runs, the only two innings the Hornets would allow runners to cross home plate.
Mayo would threaten in the second inning with a walk to Singletary, followed by a solid Garcia hit. Singletary would also get a hit in the fourth. In the fifth inning, Kris Pearson reached after drawing a walk, and was followed by solid singles from Anderson and Milton, but was unable to get any of the base runners across falling to the Bulldogs 14-4.
Mayo would fall later in the week to Chiefland 6-3 to finish out a tough group of games. Singletary started on the mound and gave the Hornets three good innings leaving the game trailing only 3-1 while striking out one batter.
The Hornets were able to generate a threat in the second inning after a one out hit by Herring and reached second on a throwing error. Fillyaw sacrificed the runner to third, and Walker drew a walk to pose a threat, but was unable to cash in.
In the third inning, a two out rally fell short after Milton reached on an error, and Kyle Pearson launched a double to center field.
Mayo would fall behind 6-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Anderson led the inning off with a double and after a walked batter, saw two runs score as a result of a throwing error allowing Perry to reach safely. A nice play by the Indians first baseman brought the game to an end however on top of Mayo 6-3.
Milton would finish the game for the junior varsity Hornets with two strikeouts pitching the last four innings.