Bryant dominates Mount in two games

The Lady Hornets decisively won both games of a doubleheader Monday, remaining undefeated in the 7A Central Conference.

Bryant beat Mount Saint Mary 13-3 in the first game and 19-1 in the second — both ending after five innings, a required length for a game in 7A play.

Head coach Debbie Clark said, “In the first game especially, we did not strike out and scored every inning — two goals I have for every game, no matter who we play.”

Bryant (15-3, 5-0 7A) had four home runs, two of which came from pitcher Peyton Jenkins’ first two at bats, in the first game against the Belles. The others came from Hannah Rice in the fourth inning and Kayla Sory in the fifth, which gave the Lady Hornets a 10-run lead after five innings, forcing the umpires to call the game.

In all for the first game, Jenkins had five runs-batted-in with her two home runs. Sory had three hits, including her home run, with two RBIs. Jenna Bruick had two hits with two RBIs.

On the mound, Jenkins allowed three runs (two earned) on four walks and two hits, including one home run. She recorded 11 strikeouts.

“She had to battle, mentally,” Clark said.

The Belles scored two runs off a home run in the top of the first inning, but were held scoreless until the fifth inning when Jenkins walked three batters in a row, followed by a hit-by-pitch, which brought in an unearned run.

The Lady Hornets scored two runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and seven in the fifth.

For the second game, Sory pitched for the Lady Hornets, giving up one earned run on three hits and no walks. She struck out nine batters.

Offensively, Bruick had two RBIs off two hits. Jessie Taylor had two RBIs on three hits, and Kaley Coppock, a freshman, had two hits.

In both games, Clark said the Lady Hornets had “more walks than strikeouts, and played really good defense.”

In the second game, Bryant walked 13 times with striking out four times. The Lady Hornets scored in nearly every inning: seven in the first and second, four in the third and one in the fifth. The Belles’ lone run came in the first inning.

“You have to be careful, because you can make a lot of mental obstacles with a doubleheader,” Clark said.

The Lady Hornets travel to play Cabot today. On Thursday, Bryant hosts North Little Rock at 5 p.m., which Clark called the “big one.”