Bryant bests Bauxite in battle

Bryant junior Sarah Evans smacks a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the second inning of the Lady Hornets' 4-1 victory over the Bauxite Lady Miners Thursday at Lady Hornets Field. Bauxite, which was ranked No. 2 in the state by, fell for the first time this season, while Bryant, ranked No. 3, improved to 18-3. RICK NATION/Special to The Saline Courier
Tony Lenahan
Sports Editor

In a big Saline County battle between two of the top teams in the state, the Bryant Lady Hornets would top the Bauxite Lady Miners 4-1 Thursday at Lady Hornets Field on Thursday in nonconference play. Bryant, which was ranked No. 3 in the state by, handed Bauxite, ranked No. 2, its first loss of the season.
“I think they’re seeing how good they are,” Bryant Coach Lisa Dreher said of beating the Lady Miners. “We knew we had a lot of talent, but at the same time you have to execute in games. They’ve worked extremely hard, some of them seven days a week. It’s good for that work to finally be paying off. We have to keep going all the way through May.”
One inning would be the downfall for Bauxite (22-1) as Bryant junior Sarah Evans would hit Bauxite junior Bailey Buffington’s fourth pitch of the bottom of the second inning over the centerfield fence for the early 1-0 lead. Buffington walked senior Macey Jaramillo the next batter, but came back to get a strikeout before junior Madison Lyles’ sacrifice bunt moved Jaramillo to second for the second out.