Lady Hornets take care of business

BRYANT – The Bryant Lady Hornets had no problem in dispensing the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers with a 10-0 victory in 7A Central conference action on Thursday in Bryant. The win put the Lady Hornets’ streak at 28 wins in a row, dating from last season. Bryant is now 25-0 overall and 8-0 in the 7A Central on the season.

Despite a long layoff, the Lady Hornets, two-time defending state champions, did what they do best – win.

“We hadn’t played all week because of end-of-course testing and they did really well,” Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said of her team. “The other team didn’t score any runs so it was a good night.”

After senior starting pitcher Peyton Jenkins struck out the side in the top of the first inning, the Lady Hornets got two early runs in the bottom of the inning. Jenkins hit a one-out triple and senior catcher Jessie Taylor followed with a two-run home run to left field to put Bryant on top 2-0.

“Taylor hit a home run that went straight up in the air forever,” Clark said. “It was the slowest home run ever I’ve seen.”

Bryant struck for five more runs in the third inning and three in the fourth as Jenkins shut the Lady Tigers down, throwing a five-inning, complete-game shutout. She didn’t allow a runner to get past second base as Jenkins gave up three hits without a walk and struck out nine.

“The girls did a good job,” Clark said of the Lady Hornets. “Central, give them credit, they have improved and worked hard. They have a pitcher who does a good job, but we were able to hit her, be patient, get on base and put the ball in play. The other team has a hard time making plays because we hit the ball so hard.”

Taylor went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Jenkins, senior center fielder Kayla Sory and junior Carly Yazza each went 2 for 3. Sory added an RBI and Yazza had an RBI and scored twice.

“The girls did so well and I’m so proud,” Clark said. “They did what they were supposed to do in a timely fashion.”

Preparing for rain for Friday, the Lady Hornets got a cold-blooded surprise when they pulled the tarp out to cover the the mound and home plate area. They found a snake and a frog.

“We had some excitement after the game,” Clark said.

Bryant is scheduled to play Mount Saint Mary’s on the road on Friday and game story will be in Courier sports if it is not rained out.