Another inside-the-parker for Ezell, another gem by Knight, another win for Hornets
TEXARKANA — Korey Thompson had to hurry. Someone was gaining on him.
With the Bryant Hornets clinging to a 1-0 lead through five innings, thanks to some gritty pitching by Blaine Knight and Texarkana’s Steven Boyce, Thompson drew a lead-off walk in the top of the sixth. Trevor Ezell came to the plate and worked the count to 2-2. Boyce’s next pitch was blasted to deep left center, beyond the reach of the Razorbacks’ Tomarco Collins, despite his full sprint toward the ball.
Ezell was in full sprint right out of the box and was gaining on Thompson down the stretch. Thompson sprinted around third and scored with Ezell around third already. Texarkana’s relay was towards third but Ezell had already passed that bag and wound up with his second inside-the-park home run in as many nights. (He circled the bases against Sheridan for a grand slam on Thursday.)
The senior shortstop leads the Hornets in homers with five, three of them didn’t go over the fence.
Drew Tipton chased Boyce by following with a triple beyond Collins. Lefty Brady Chattaway relieved and unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Tipton to score, making it 4-0.
The Hornets wound up adding three in the top of the seventh and Knight completed the three-hit shutout, improving to 8-0 on the season and lowering his already miniscule earned run average (0.34 coming into the game) to 0.29.
“Pitching and defense is what wins,” said Hornets coach Kirk Bock, repeating something he emphasized after Thursday’s 11-5 win over Sheridan in which Bryant had a bit of a letdown in those areas. “We got good pitching and defense today. Offense isn’t always there but it just happened to come on late. Once we got (Boyce’s) pitch count up and he started leaving some balls up, then we got on him.”