I find that I have a God-given ability to get myself in trouble. Daily. If I'm not forgetting to take the trash out on Monday's or properly strapping the tag on my son's diaper down all the way, I will come up with a different way to make it happen. Sometimes, although not often, my mistakes come back to be something that paid off in the long run.
I forget to take out the trash and when I return home after work, I see trash cans spilled out into the street because of the storms that came in that day. Or like with the diaper, it actually turned out just fine that I didn't strap the diaper together all the way... Wait, no. That one never works itself out.
Our Hudson Hornets found ways during every part of the season up until the moment playoffs began to get themselves in trouble. Some nights we would have better luck going up the plate without a bat in our hand the way we were hitting. Other nights, it was defensive errors that are commonly made in youth league. If it wasn't one thing, it was another. And it resulted in the Hornets going into the playoffs as the three-seed from District 20-4A.
Since playoffs have began, it's a brand new game. The season changes from one-offs to now, for the most part, series play. The Hornets have bullied their way to a 4-0 record in playoffs. Dominant pitching from Jesse Cravy and Zack Pierce are just the tip of the iceberg, and it must make things easier for them knowing that our bullpen hasn't given up an inch. Cravy opened up the series throwing 6 innings strong, recording 9 strikeouts and shutting out the Mustangs. Then Pierce, who struggled early on allowing 4 walks in 2 innings, came back with a roar and threw a complete game, 3 hitter, striking out 7.
Our defense has shrunk the field. What normally is a sure-fire double into right center field has become a routine, diving catch made by Connor Richardson. Duke Jordan, the Hornet Man-Child, looks like he could run a 4.4 40-meter dash out in left field and at the plate, when he hasn't been known for crazy speed this season. JT Penick is making so many plays at shortstop that he's eliminated the left side of the infield for hitters. Then there's Kyle Lovelace behind the plate... Well he's decent to say the least.
This series with Madisonville echoed what we saw in round one against Center. Explosive, timely hitting making a grand entrance. 6 different Hornets accounting for RBI's in the series (Cravy 3, Lovelace 2, Pierce, Jordan aka Man-Child, Garcia, and Austin Woods each with 1).
So despite the Hornets finding a way to get themselves in trouble throughout the pre-playoffs season, it looks like things aren't turning out so bad. The three seed going three deep. We'll take it. And we will take 3 more rounds after this one as well.
*Playoff information for round 3 will be posted on our social media outlets as soon as it is determined. As of now, we will be playing Waco Robinson at Madisonville High School in a best of three series. No times or dates have been set.