BRYANT – The Bryant Hornets dropped a 7A Central conference game when they lost 3-2 to the Van Buren Pointers on Thursday at Hornets Field. The Hornets are now in second place in the conference with Russellville in first by a game, and Conway in third, behind a game of Bryant.
After a scoreless first three innings, the Hornets (20-5, 8-3 7A Central) struck first in the bottom of the fourth when senior Jordan Taylor singled to start the inning. Senior Dylan Cross sacrifice bunted Taylor to second and junior Hayden Lessenberry grounded out, moving Taylor to third base. Taylor scored on an error by the shortstop to give Bryant a 1-0 lead.
Bryant added another run in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Trevor Ezell singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on junior Tyler Green’s single for a 2-0 Hornets’ lead.
Senior Tryce Schacilin started for the Hornets and didn’t allow a run until he gave up two in the top of the sixth. Schacilin pitched five and a third giving up four hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out five.
Taylor relieved for Schacilin in the sixth and gave up a run in the top of the seventh to pick up the loss. Taylor pitched one and two-third innings giving up two hits and a hit batter, without a strike out.
The Hornets had a chance to go up in the bottom of the sixth when junior Austin Caldwell stole second and third base with two outs, but a pop up to the pitcher ended Bryant’s threat.
Bryant had a chance to tie in the seventh with a man at third base with just one out, but couldn’t get him in. Ezell, who had a double and single earlier in the game, walked to start the seventh and stole second and third. Green struck out, senior Tyler Nelson grounded out and sophomore Wesley Akers flew out to left field to end the game. Ezell finished with four stolen bases.
“We didn’t get it done,” Bryant Coach Kirk Bock said. “We had opportunities, just not a whole lot of opportunities. We had 10 fly ball outs.”
“[We] had six guys in scoring position and only scored twice. We just couldn’t come up with the big hit when we needed to.”
The Hornets played Russellville last night and will play Conway on Tuesday.
“It’s all going to come down to these last three games to see who wins it,” Bock said of the 7A Central. “We’re all just a game apart.”
The Hornets beat Monticello this past Monday, 10-1.