March 26 in Bryant athletic history: 2010

Hornets finish third at Classic with win over Fort Walton Beach team

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Jimi Easterling catches a wave during a little recreation time for the Bryant Hornets baseball team at Destin, Fla. (Photo by Phil Pickett)FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.  — The Bryant Hornets wrapped up a 3-1 trip to the Northwest Florida Powerade Classic, winning the third-place game, 5-2, over the Choctawhatchee Indians of Fort Walton Beach on Friday.

Sophomore right-hander Jordan Taylor went the distance on the mound, allowing five hits, no walks and striking out two. Four of the Indians’ hits came in a two-run fifth that cut into Bryant’s 5-0 lead. Bryant played errorless defense behind him. The only other hit was a third-inning single.[more]

Brennan Bullock, right, rounds second. (Photo by Phil Pickett)

Offensively, Taylor had two doubles and Lucas Castleberry two singles to lead the eight-hit attack.

Now 14-1 on the season, the Hornets were set to return to Bryant on Saturday. They’ll host 7A-Central Conference rival Little Rock Catholic on Tuesday.

“Jordan did great, just a tremendous effort,” said Hornets coach Kirk Bock. “He only struck out two so that means we recorded all those outs. The defense played flawlessly. It was just another good effort, another good performance defensively for us. Castleberry made a couple of good plays at short and (Tyler) Brown made a couple of good plays at third.

“It’s been a great week,” added the coach. “The kids have been tremendous. The least of our worries has been them staying up late to play ping pong. On the field, we played some good competition and we played well. We don’t ever hit it quite as well as we’d like to but we did a good job.”

Lucas Castleberry sets to make a throw from shortstop. (Photo by Phil Pickett)

Bryant took a 4-0 lead in the second. Brennan Bullock instigated the uprising with a single and Taylor doubled him to third. Butler grounded to second allowing Bullock to score. Castleberry singled in run to make it 2-0. After Castleberry stole second, Brown walked. Both runners moved up on a grounder to second, setting the table for Chris Joiner’s two-run double.

In the top of the fifth, Evan Jobe, in for Garrett Bock who was out with a tender hamstring, drew a walk. Hunter Mayall singled and Bullock walked to load the bases. When Taylor grounded into a force at third, Jobe scored to make it 5-0.

In the bottom of the inning, the Indians broke through. Luke Clark led off with their second hit of the game, a single. But Taylor got Miguel Paulino to bounce to Castleberry for a force at second. Cameron McNabb singled and so did Ben Hambleton, loading the bases. But Taylor picked off Hambleton from first for the second out.

And it appeared that the Hornets were out of the inning when Taylor picked off Paulino at third but a balk was called allowing the run to score.

“We had a little discussion,” Bock related, referring to the umpire. “Of course, I didn’t win it.”

With the inning extended, catcher Charles Sasser singled to make it 5-2 before Taylor got the final out.

That started a stretch in which Taylor retired the final seven batters to close out the win.

Hunter Mayall leads off from first base during Friday's game. (Photo by Phil Pickett)


  1. rch3

    Great tournament. Congrats on a really good week of baseball.

    Now don’t suffer that post tournament letdown that we seem to have every summer after playing well in a good tournament.

    You’ll have to bring it against Catholic. I know Coach will remind you–but don’t take any league game lightly.

    Please have a safe trip home.


  2. Bob Joiner

    For those who are interested…

    Pace claims Powerade title with dramatic win over Niceville

    The two traditional baseball powers played almost flawless baseball in the championship game of the Powerade Classic at Crestview, with the Patriots posting a dramatic, come-from-behind 3-1 win in the bottom of the seventh on Rusty Way’s walkoff two-run home run.

    Great tournament guys…you represented your school very well.

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