Hornets fall on Opening Day

Hornets fall on Opening Day

CLERMONT, FL – Lyndon kicked off their season Sunday in the Sunshine State as they lost to both Davenport University and Hanover College. 

The Hornets played Davenport in game one of a double-header and lost 22-0. Panthers shortstop KC Dunne hit for the cycle as they won the game via the mercy rule. 

"Not exactly the team you want to play right out of the gate," said Head Coach Bill Johnson. "Especially when they're one of the best NAIA teams in the country and your team hasn't been on the field much." 

The Hornets rebounded nicely in game two, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead off a Taylor Young single, bringing home Dakota Crane. Hanover would tie the game in the third inning and eventually take the lead. 

Lyndon would come back in the fifth and tie the game at 2, but Hanover would come back and take a 3-2 lead, which would prove to be enough.

"We battled the entire game for seven innings," said Johnson. "If we could have avoided the mistakes on our end and capitalized the ones they made, we could have easily won this game 3-2." 

In the sixth inning the Hornets would load the bases and Katie Ste. Marie would be called out at first base on a very close play. The Hornets would go 1-2-3 in the Top of the Seventh, and Hanover would take the 3-2 victory. With the losses, the Hornets go to 0-2 on the young season. Johnson spoke about what the close game means for his team. 

"I think it sets a pretty good tone for tomorrow," he said. "We get another shot at Hanover, so I'm hoping we can bounce back tomorrow and get into the win column." 

By MATT DREW, Sports Information Assistant