Lady Hornets impress in Tennessee tournament

The Bryant Lady Hornets won two games Thursday in a tournament being held in Clarksville, Tenn.

Bryant head coach Debbie Clark said the trip was a bit of a hassle, trying to leave on a bus that wouldn’t start and eventually landing themselves in bumper-to-bumper traffic 100 miles outside of Nashville, which required a police escort for the Lady Hornets.

“It’s already been quite a trip,” she said.

However, the team arrived focused and ready to play, winning 6-3 against tournament host Clarksville High School and 15-1 against Clarskville Northwest.

With U.S. Army Base Fort Campbell nearby, Clark said the city has a population of more than 100,000 and seven high schools.

“The girls played really well, and everyone here has been impressed with them,” she said.

Clark said the Northwest coach was so impressed that he was constantly using the Lady Hornets’ play as an example for his players.

“They were doing the little things right, and he recognized it,” Clark said. “He’d say, ‘That’s what I want tyou to look like.’ It was a good learning moment for my team.”

In the Lady Hornets’ victory over Clarksville, Byrant scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second and one in the fourth from a solo home run by junior Jessie Taylor.

With a low temperature of 36 degrees, Clark said tournament officials decided to time the games at one hour and 10 minutes.

Junior Jenna Bruick had two singles, and junior Peyton Jenkins, who pitched, had a single and a double.

On the mound, Jenkins allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out five batters and walking two.

Clark said the second game against Northwest last three innings “because we hit so long in that last inning.”

The Lady Hornets scored one run in the first inning, five in the second — including a home run from Jenkins — and nine runs in the third.

Junior Kayla Sory pitched the second game for Bryant, giving up one earned run and recording one strikeout.

Bryant (9-1, 1-0 7A Central) plays Smyra High School at 5:30 p.m. today, and then Ravenwood High School (Nashville) at 7 p.m.