10-run outburst lifts Hornets past Star City
One of the best teams in Class 4A played one of the best teams in Class 7A at Bryant High School Field Monday night. The first two innings gave no indication of what wound up happening in the third.
The visiting Star City Bulldogs, 19-4 overall coming in, took a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Max Ross in the top of the second. Otherwise, Bryant starter Blake Patterson and Star City’s Austin Powell were pretty much in control. Powell worked around a walk to Drew Tipton in the first inning then got off the hook after surrendering a lead-off single to Jason Hastings in the second. Patterson gave up singles to Blake Wynn and Cole Muckleroy to go with Ross’ blast but he also struck out four.
And, in the top of the third, Patterson fanned another, gave up a single to Powell but nothing else as it stayed 1-0 going into the home third. That’s when the game blew up. Bryant scored 10 times, taking advantage of four Star City errors, two walks, and a hit batsman with four hits including a three-run triple by Trevor Ezell.
The Hornets won going away, 13-1, to improve to 23-2 overall this season, going into their final home game on Tuesday, a South Conference meeting with Lake Hamilton.