Pitcher throws 5th no-no
BRYANT – Bryant senior starting pitcher Peyton Jenkins pitched her fifth no-hitter of the season and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple to lead the Lady Hornets to a 6-0 victory over the Russellville Lady Cyclones on Tuesday in 7A Central conference action in Bryant. Jenkins’ fantastic game was complemented by senior center fielder Kayla Sory’s 2 for 4 day with two home runs and four RBIs.
“They are a very good team,” Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said of the Lady Cyclones. “We scouted them at the Van Buren Tournament on the first day of the tournament. We studied them. We played them actually in the Van Buren Tournament (Bryant won 12-0), but he played his JV (junior varsity) against us. They have a pitcher that is really good.”
The Lady Hornets (20-0, 4-0 7A Central) didn’t waste any time getting on the board as Sory hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to put Bryant up 2-0. The Lady Hornets loaded the bases later in the inning, but failed to score.
Bryant really needed just one run as Jenkins was dominate. She hit two batters and walked one, but allowed no hits while striking out 11.
“Peyton just pitched well,” Clark said. “She had a heck of a game [Tuesday] night, all the way around,” Clark said.
The Lady Hornets didn’t score again until the fifth inning, but the way they scored caught almost everyone by surprise.
Jenkins led the inning off with a triple and with power-hitting catcher Jessie Taylor following, Coach Clark had decided to lay down a bunt.
“We were going to bunt with Jessie because I knew no one would expect it,” Clark said. “ Jessie looked over to me and she gave me the bunt signal and I said yes. I told Peyton what we were doing. It was a safety squeeze and it shocked everybody except for Peyton, Jessie and I. They were not ready for it so Peyton scored, Jessie got on and we ended up bunting her over and scored another run.”
Sory finished her power display in the bottom of the sixth with another two-run shot to put Bryant up 6-0.
“I was just so proud because they were not only physically prepared for this game,” Clark started, “they were mentally prepared, but they went above and beyond with our scouting report and I was just really, really pleased. It was a great example to our younger girls how we’ve been winning these games and our players took the game seriously enough that they studied the scouting report that we had on them.”
Clark said Bryant’s varsity play has inspired the junior varsity as freshman Jordan Williams “pitched a great game,” and Sydney Gogus and Breanna Sanders each hit home runs.
“I’ve been teasing them that there has to be something in the water with these hitters that I have,” Clark said. “[They must be] drinking after each other and rubbing each other’s bats. It’s just the way its been feeling right now. It’s kind of magical.”
The Lady Hornets continue conference play on Friday when they travel to Conway to play the Lady Wampus Cats.
“I’ve heard that they have two good freshman pitchers,” Clark said of Conway. “Coach Kuhn, who is the coach at UCA, his daughters play for them and they’re good hitters. They’re well-coached.”
First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.