Big second inning lifts Farmington past Bryant

By Bridget Bauer

VILONIA — Bryant left 13 runners stranded, and Farmington pounded 16 hits as the Lady[more] Hornets fell 13-2 to the Lady Cardinals on Saturday.

A seven-run second inning doomed Bryant (10-11) as well as not scoring a run after picking up one each in the first and second frames. Farmington plated one run in the first and three more in the third for a commanding 11-2 margin. The Lady Cardinals added two more in the sixth inning for the run rule.

Meanwhile, the Lady Hornets smashed 11 hits and had two extra base hits in Carly Yazza’s double and Sierra Jones’ triple. She smacked the three-base hit in the second and scored on Katy Stillman’s single. That was the last run Bryant would record. Bryant left the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings.

“Leaving 13 on base is a huge problem,” Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said. “In the beginning of the season, we weren’t putting anybody on. Now, we are getting on, but we aren’t scoring.”

The Lady Cardinals jumped on pitcher Kayla Jolley early and quickly. She relinquished seven runs on nine hits in 1 2/3 innings. Abby Staton took over in the second with two outs and yielded one run, and then gave up three in the third and two in the sixth stanzas. Farmington only stranded six batters.

In the first inning, Sydney Gogus single and eventually scored on an error. Jones led Bryant with her 2-of-3 performance as she added a single. Jolley, Stillman and Breanna Sanders all went 2-of-4 with singles. In addition to Yazza contributing a double and Gogus’ single, Anna Turpin also contributed a base hit.

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