PEARCY â€“ Senior starting pitcher Nate Rutherford pitched a complete-game shutout and junior shortstop Trevor Ezell went 3 for 4 in the Bryant Hornets 6-0 victory over the Lake Hamilton Wolves in 7A/6A South conference action on Tuesday.
Rutherford needed just 61 pitches in seven innings for the win. He struck out four and gave up six hits without a walk.
Scoreless until the top of the third, sophomore Trey Breeding drew a one-out walk, and after a strikeout for the second out, Ezell singled to put runners at first and second before senior outfielder Marcus Wilson scored Breeding with a double for a 1-0 lead. The Hornets (24-5, 12-1 South) would put another on the board in the top of the fourth when Korey Thompson hit a one-out double and eventually scored on Jason Hastingsâ€™ sacrifice fly for the 2-0 advantage.
â€śWe got some timely hits right there to push us over the edge,â€ť Bryant Coach Kirk Bock said. â€śA good solid performance by Nate, and a good, solid performance defensively.â€ť
Bryant would break the game open in the top of the sixth when the Hornets put a 4-spot capped by consecutive Ezell and Wilson doubles.
After Ezellâ€™s 3 for 4 performance, Wilson went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and sophomore third baseman Brandan Warner went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
â€śWarner is continuing to do a good job in that 8-hole,â€ť Bock said. â€śEzell is seeing it well right now. Heâ€™s done a really good job for us.â€ť
The Hornets will take on El Dorado on Friday in the final South conference game of the year at home, and will play Camden on Saturday at Hornets Field.