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Hornets beat Van Buren in game one

April 22, 2011

Members of the Bryant Hornets baseball team look on as the Hornets defeated Van Buren 12-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday. The Hornets improve to 17-4 overall on the season with a 7-2 record in the 7A conference. CHARLIE GOCIO/Courier

BRYANT — Bryant took the first game of a doubleheader Friday against Van Buren, which was postponed Thursday due to inclement weather.
The Hornets won 12-2 in six innings. The results of the second game were not available by press time.
Bryant (17-4, 7-2 7A Central) went into Friday’s game with a two-game lead in the conference.
Junior Jordan Taylor pitched all six innings for the Hornets and earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Head coach Kirk Bock said, “Jordan did a great job today.”
The Pointers scored their only runs in the first inning after two runners reached base on errors and were batted in on a sacrifice fly ball and fielder’s choice.
“They had his pitch count up there for a bit, but he did a good job of just holding on,” Bock said.
Offensively for the Hornets, senior Tyler Brown batted safely two of four trips to the plate with two sacrifice bunts, three RBIs and one run scored.
Senior Landon Pickett went 2-4 with two doubles, one walk, one RBI and one run scored. Junior Tyler Nelson was 2-4 with one walk, one RBI and one run scored.
Bryant scored three runs in the third inning, five in the fourth and four in the sixth.
“Today we scored in spurts,” Bock said. “Typically we don’t do that, but we were able to tie some hits together.”
In the third inning, senior Evan Jobe scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a single. Brown then plated junior Trent Rivers, who was pinch running for sophomore catcher Hayden Lessonberry, with a single that the Van Buren left fielder botched, allowing Brown to reach second and eventually come home on a Pickett double.
In the fifth inning, the Hornets loaded the bases with no outs and scored four before the Pointers made their first out, a sacrifice bunt by Taylor. Senior Chris Joiner, junior Josh Pultro, Jobe, Lessonberry and Nelson all scored before the inning was over.
In the bottom of the sixth inning and ahead 8-2, Bryant scored three runs and then loaded the bases. Jobe came to bat and walked, the 12th run came home and the umpires called the game.
The results of the second game of the doubleheader will be in Sunday’s edition of the Courier.

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