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RUSSELLVILLE â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets softball team saw their 37-game win streak come to an end in the first game of the 2013 season with a 2-0 loss to the Russellville Lady Cyclones on Thursday at Russellville. Bryant has won the past three 7A State Championships and went a perfect 34-0 last season.
Russellville pitcher Andrea Kindrick gave up just one hit to the Lady Hornets (0-1), dominating Bryant on the night.
â€śShe is amazing,â€ť Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said of Kindrick. â€śProbably one of the best pitchers in the state, and one of the best weâ€™ll see all year. Sheâ€™s a sophomore. We saw her last year. The first time we played them, we beat them 4-0. We did a squeeze play with Jessie Taylor at the plate. That tells you how good she is. The player (Taylor) which hit the state record for home runs [laid down a squeeze bunt].â€ť
Kayla Sory hit two homeruns off Kindrick the second time the two teams played in Bryant, but Kindrick didnâ€™t have to face the same players she faced last year.
Graduated and state record-holding players Taylor, Sory, Peyton Jenkins, Cassidy Wilson and Jenna Bruick have all moved on, and on Thursday, Lady Hornet Sydney Gogus was the only Bryant player to get a hit.
â€śSheâ€™s a tough one to face for the first game of the season, but thatâ€™s what I want for everybody,â€ť Clark spoke of the tough competition. â€śWeâ€™re not going to back down at all. [Kindrick] had [scholarship] offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville. Thatâ€™s the kind of pitcher we faced. Weâ€™re going to be watching her on TV one day, possibly in the SEC.â€ť
Kindrick pitched five innings of scoreless softball striking out 11 and walking one.
â€śWe had a hard time and thatâ€™s OK,â€ť Clark said. â€śAfter our first inning, there were no runs scored on our pitcher. We made two errors on one batter that scored the first run. We take that away, itâ€™s 0-0. I knew she was going to be tough for us to hit.â€ť
Bryant starting pitcher Jordan Williams picked up the loss pitching a compete game and giving up two runs in six innings, giving up six hits and striking out four while walking four.
â€śWe only put the ball in play six times and we only put two on base,â€ť Clark said. â€śWe canâ€™t make that a habit. Itâ€™s OK to strike out, but itâ€™s not OK to make it a habit. Weâ€™re going to work on that. We also canâ€™t make mental errors. If you do make an error, you better get in that [batterâ€™s] box, put the ball in play and get on base.
â€śWe needed to start with a team that is really good. I needed to see who could perform under pressure for us. And thatâ€™s what we saw. It was really good game. I saw some things we need to work on that are fixable. There isnâ€™t anything that happened last night that we canâ€™t fix.â€ť