“It’s a non-region game just mixed in to help us try to get better for the second half of the region schedule. We still need to clean up some things,” said head coach Chad Tittle.
Prior to this game, the Hornets defeated Woodland 5-2 on March 25.
Tittle said despite the “brutally cold” weather, his team still “did some things right” and had “wonderful pitching” out of Jordan Lester.
“Jordan got us through it,” said Tittle.
Hiram also defeated Lithia Springs on March 27, 1-0. While they won the game, Tittle said his boys “underperformed,” but pitcher Blake Cairnes was “pretty flawless” as he struck out 14 players.
“They lulled us to sleep with their pitching. Their pitcher wasn’t throwing very hard and we didn’t adjust to it. We played very good defense, but not so good on offense,” Tittle said.
Up to this point in the season, Tittle said his new team has performed as he expected from the beginning of the season.
“I thought we had a team that can compete and they’ve proved that. The kids have been really high in energy and I hope they’re still energetic next week,” said Tittle.
This week the Hornets are scheduled to play East Paulding on Monday and South Paulding on Wednesday. East and South are currently second and third in the region behind Hiram with Hiram at 8-1 in region play, East at 7-1 and South at 6-2.
“They can take us from first and drop us a couple spots in just two quick games,” Tittle said.
As the season progresses, Tittle said his key returners — Cairnes, Lester and Thomas Gaines — are still at the top of the list of his key players this season.
Added to that list as they have performed well are cousins JJ Lester and Ryan Lester.
JJ is a sophomore leftfielder for the team while Ryan is a sophomore pitcher. Also making the list is senior centerfielder, Zach Young. Tittle said Young’s performance has been pleasing, but he did expect it to be.
“It’s not really a surprise, but we’ve really enjoyed having him on the team,” Tittle said.