By Bridget Bauer
PINE BLUFF — Senior Carly Yazza doubled twice and junior Katy Stillman and sophomore Sydney[more] Gogus also added doubles as Bryant pounded Pine Bluff, 18-1, in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday.
Yazza also added a single to pace the Lady Hornets with her 3-of-3 performance. Gogus paced Bryant with four RBI on a run-scoring single in the first and a two-run double in the fourth in her 2-of-2 performance. She also recorded an RBI fielder’s choice. Stillman and sophomore Alex Taylor chipped in three RBIs each. Going 2-for-2 with two walks, Stillman smashed her three-run double in the second frame and also singled in the first. Taylor singled just once in the fourth, but it plated two runs. She also recorded an RBI in the first after reaching base on an error.
“We did what we had to do,” Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said. “There was no way we couldn’t win these. We had to win the two games.”
Pounding out 14 hits, the Lady Hornets also got multiple hits from Breanna Sanders, who had two singles in her two plate appearances, and Shayla McKissock. With two singles and a walk, she finished with a 2-of-3 performance. Kayla Jolley and Julie Ward also recorded singles.
Sophomore Jordan Williams picked up the pitching win and recorded five strikeouts. She gave up five hits, one walk and also hit a batter. Pine Bluff recorded two hits in each the first and third innings. Williams’ walk also happened in the third frame when Pine Bluff notched its run.
“I expected her to be stronger than she was,” Clark said. “It was more of a struggle, and she was just missing the strike zone.”
The Lady Hornets put the contest away in the first inning with their eight-run feat. The runs were tallied on seven hits along with three errors. Stillman’s three-run double highlighted the frame, and she scored twice on errors as Bryant sent 12 batters to the plate during the stanza. They notched just one run in the second of Ward’s sacrifice fly.
Adding four runs in the third on no hits, the Lady Hornets scored a run on Gogus’ fielders’ choice, and her courtesy runner, Sierra Jones, Jolley and Yazza all went home on the same error.
Going into the fourth inning with a 13-1 lead, Bryant secured the run-rule with a five-run inning. Gogus highlighted the frame with her two-run double, Taylor added her two-run single and Jolley sent Jones home on her single.
The Lady Hornets (10-8, 6-3) are scheduled to host defending Class 6A State champion Lake Hamilton on Friday.