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Hornet baseball still learning

Concordia College’s baseball team racked up nine hits, but couldn’t bring runners around in its 7-4 loss to Clark-Atlanta University.

“That’s the way it works sometimes,” Concordia head coach Steven Washington said. “We hit the ball hard today right at somebody, most of the time with runners on base. It goes that way in baseball where you get hits you don’t expect and some you do expect.”

The Hornets led off the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Raul Fernandez drew a walk and was driven in by Alan Cruz Nieves.

The Panthers were able to answer in the top half of the third with four runs of their own through the middle of the order, forcing Hornet starter Midan Green out of the game.

Clark-Atlanta scored again in the top of the fourth inning with two more runs.

Concordia cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with Fernandez scoring again and had a chance to score more if not for good defense by the Panthers.

“You have to tip your hat to (Clark-Atlanta),” Washington said. “Their pitcher got out of jams today. He pitched a great game out there and the defense really did a good job behind him.”

Juan Sein and Jose Rivera rounded out the scoring for Concordia in the bottom of the seventh when Benji Williams doubled.

“Every game we are finding new cracks we need to fix,” Washington said. “That’s okay though. We are a young team, we are finding those mistakes and we are working hard on them to fix it. Next year we will really see the production and start winning some games. It will come around if we keep working hard.”