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February 6, 2014

HUNTSVILLE BASEBALL — Hornets ready for Minute Maid game

Huntsville’s baseball team takes on Conroe in scrimmage at Major League ballpark

HUNTSVILLE — The Huntsville varsity baseball boys play on a big stage in tonight’s scrimmage against Conroe at Minute Maid Park.

It is the second scrimmage of the young season for the Hornets, who beat future district opponent College Station on Monday night in a 9-7 final.

Huntsville is carrying 16 players on the varsity squad, but after Thursday’s practice head coach Brad Bohannon said that the Hornets have a lot of talent in their freshmen and sophomore classes.

Even the coaches are young enough to appreciate that wide-eyed feeling the Hornets will get once they take the field at Minute Maid Park today.

“For the kids to have an opportunity to play at Minute Maid and for us even as coaches to have an opportunity to coach at Minute Maid, it’s a great opportunity,” Bohannon said. “The butterflies will probably really hit when we actually pull up (to the stadium) and we actually see what we’re about to walk into. But it’s just an awesome opportunity for those kids.”

The Hornets are leaving Huntsville around 1 p.m. for a tour of the Minute Maid  Park facility before team pictures at 4:30 p.m.

Bohannon was especially impressed with the way the Hornets battled on Monday in the win against College Station.

Not only will College Station be in Huntsville’s district next season, but it is a quality 3A playoff team from a year ago.

The Hornets only struck out twice and were able to produce nine runs.

Barrett Koerselman blasted a two-run home run for the Hornets. Jared Shirley, Logan Oates and Hoke Byrd drove in one run each with doubles. The Hornets collected nine hits in the game.

“For us, it’s more important in terms of just the amount of games played before we actually play a district game when it really does count,” Bohannon said. “Just from that standpoint, there’s a little bit more importance trying to get guys to where we think they’re going to play. We’re trying to treat this just like we would anything else and go out there and win. Just learning how to win and going from there.”

Admission to tonight’s scrimmage is free, but for $27 each the Hornets are selling vouchers good for tickets to any Astros game during the 2014 season, with the exception of the opening series against the New York Yankees.

Huntsville baseball players have been selling tickets in the cafeteria this week with a special fundraising incentive for the Hornets’ program.

If Huntsville sells 500 tickets, the baseball program gets a $3,500 check from the Astros.  

“There is a lot of interest in our game at Minute Maid Park,” Bohannon said. “If we do well on this (Astros) fundraiser, we may get to do this every year. I’d have no problem with this scrimmage against Conroe becoming an every year deal, playing at Minute Maid Park.”

The Hornets play two more scrimmages before the regular season starts with a another non-district head-to-head with Conroe on Feb. 18.

Huntsville hosts Cleveland in a scrimmage Monday, then Concordia Lutheran next Friday. The Hornets travel to Bryan for a tournament from Feb. 20-22. The first look at district action is at home against Montgomery on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Hornets will finish off that weekend at College Park for another tournament before returning to the district schedule on the road against Bryan Rudder on March 4.

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Texas Department of Public Safety troopers work to measure out and recreate the scene of a fatal accident at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Highway 30 on Thursday afternoon. The accident happened on June 8 when a Huntsville man was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross I-45.

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