The Lady Hornets got off to a slow start Tuesday, but Russellville never got anything started.
After being held scoreless in four innings, Bryant scored six runs in the fifth inning and four in the seventh to beat the Lady Cyclones 10-0.
Head coach Debbie Clark said, “Sometimes it just takes the players an inning or two to figuyre otua the pitcher.”
Bryant (11-3, 2-0 7A Central) faces Conway today at home at 5 p.m.
Four of the Lady Hornets runs in the fifth inning came off a grand slam by Jessie Taylor, bringing in herself, Katie Stillman, Jenna Bruick and Hannah Rice.
“You could tell when that happened that Russellville felt like they were beat,” Clark said. “They’re body language changed.”
Before that Stillman had driven in Cassidy Wilson and Ashley Chaloner with a double.
In the seventh inning and with two outs, Rice and Taylor each reached on errors. After Peyton Jenkins walked, loading the bases, Kayla Sory singled to bring in Rice. Then, Wilson doubled to being in Jenkins and Taylor. Finally, Sory scored to give the Lady Hornets at 10-0 lead.
In all, Bryant had six hits in the game.
“We were not hitting the ball hard. They were coming off the end of bat,” Clark said, adding that Russellville’s starting pitcher “was pitching outside and doing a really good job.
“We were too anxious, dribbling the ball or hitting popups. Thank goodness our defense did well and Peyton pitched well.”
Jenkins pitched the shutout for the Lady Hornets, striking out 11 batters while allowing no runs on four hits. She walked three batters.
After today’s game against Conway, the Lady Hornets will host Silvan Hills at 4:30 p.m. Friday.