HAMMOND -- It's safe to say the Albany baseball team is going through some growing pains.

The Hornets went 0-3 in the Hammond Tournament, losing 20-3 to Covenant Christian on Thursday and 7-3 to Hammond and 9-2 to Slidell on Saturday.

"We've got to get our young guys to grow up quickly," first-year coach Gabe Woods said of a lineup that features seven freshmen, two sophomores and a senior. "They're starting to do that, but we've got to speed the process up for them. It will hopefully pay dividends in the future."

Against Covenant Christian, the Hornets (1-10) managed five hits, led by doubles from Slade Bankston and Brock Bennett. Tyler Albritton and Bankston pitched for the Hornets.

Against Hammond, Albany grabbed a 2-0 lead before the Tornadoes scored five runs - four unearned - in the 3rd inning to spark the win.

"When we throw strikes and make plays, we can play with anybody on the field," Woods said. "When we have those lapses, it's tough for us to win.

"We're trying to put together a whole game."

Donovan Giamalva and Micah Cleveland pitched for the Hornets, who had two hits - singles from Bennett and Joseph Kinchen.

Against Slidell, the Hornets went up 2-0 on RBI singles from Joey Smith and Albritton before the Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the 1st. 

Bennett and Ethan Nelson pitched for Albany.

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