Piedmont sweeps baseball doubleheader
CENTRE — The Piedmont Bulldogs are no strangers to getting off to a slow start in baseball season, but once they get in a groove, it’s hard to get them out of it. They’re once again in the groove. The Class 3A, No. 10 Bulldogs swept a doubleheader in Centre on Saturday, taking a 10- 2 decision against Class 5A Charles Henderson, then completed the sweep with an 11-5 victory over the Class 4A, No. 1 Warriors 11-5. Piedmont (13-8) has now won eight of its last nine games.
In the win over the Warriors (17-5), Taylor Hayes helped himself at the plate and on the mound.
He went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. He also tossed six innings of five-hit ball, giving up just one earned run and a walk with 14 strikeouts to claim the win.
Bailey Graves also had three hits for the Bulldogs. He scored a run and had two RBIs. Easton Kirk contributed a pair of hits, including a double and scored two runs. Logan Pruitt posted a double and drove in three runs. Mason Mohon managed a hit, a run and a RBI.
Jy Lockridge led the Warriors at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Josh Decker delivered a hit and two RBIs. Gunnar Gable had a hit and a RBI. Colin Brewer and Cade Gossett both finished with a hit and scored a run apiece. Noah Ledbetter suffered the loss. Piedmont began its day with a win over Charles Henderson. Once again, Hayes led the Bulldogs at the plat by going 4-for4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Taylor Morrow homered, singled, scored two runs and drove in two.
Mohon had two hits and scored a run. Kirk, Graves and TJ Fairs each had a hit and drove in two runs.
Michael Rogers delivered a hit and scored two runs.
Derrick Baer and Nick Johnson both had a hit and scored a run.
Pruitt posted the win. He went the distance, giving up just two earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts.
The day’s first game saw an extra-inning affair between the Warriors and Charles Henderson, with the Warriors falling short 9-8 in nine innings.
The Warriors scored six runs in the seventh to tie the game, but Charles Henderson scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 9-7 lead.
The Warriors scratched a run across in their final at-bat, but couldn’t score the tying run.
Brewer had three hits for the Warriors, including a triple. Chris Ray also delivered three hits, including a double. He also drew a walk. Edwards and Decker both delivered a pair of hits. Mason Rodgers, singled and walked. Gossett and Ledbetter both had a hit.
Ray suffered the loss in relief of Decker.