Piedmont 11-0, Laud­erdale County 0-9

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PIEDMONT — No mat­ter the sport, Tay­lor Hayes has come up big in the clutch sit­u­a­tions for the Piedmont Bull­dogs.

The se­nior did so again last Wed­nes­day against Laud­erdale County in the Class 3A state baseball quar­ter­fi­nals.

He helped Piedmont earn a split of their dou­ble­header.

The Bull­dogs earned an 11-0 vic­tory in game one, with No. 10 Laud­erdale County claim­ing game two 9-0.

In game one, the Bull­dogs pounded the Tigers be­hind the arm of Hayes, who went 3 1/ 3 in­nings with eight strike­outs.

Hayes also helped the Bull­dogs at the plate. He led off the bot­tom of the first in­ning with a solo shot to right field.

He would fin­ish the first game with 3-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs.

Sparked by Hayes’s homer, the Bull­dogs bat­ted through their or­der in the first in­ning and scored six runs and chas­ing Tiger start­ing pitcher Parker Gar­ner.

Five more runs came across for the Bull­dogs in the bot­tom of the third, in­clud­ing a three- run blast by Ma­son Mo­hon.

Mo­hon fin­ished the game go­ing 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBIs.

With the lead, Piedmont opted to pre­serve Hayes and al­low him to start game two with a rel­a­tively low pitch count.

Tay­lor Mor­row came on in re­lief for the Bull­dogs, earn­ing the fi­nal five outs and se­cur­ing the vic­tory.

Be­cause of his low pitch count, the Bull­dogs gave Hayes the start in game two, and he con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate.

Game two started as a pitch­ers’ duel, with Hayes and Tiger start­ing pitcher Sloan Wilson go­ing pitch-for-pitch.

Hayes was un­touch­able from the mound, strik­ing out twelve in his five in­nings of work to bring his strike­out to­tal to 20 on the day.

“I was re­ally feel­ing it to­day,” said Hayes. “I had my fast­ball and slider both work­ing, and Eas­ton (Kirk) called some great games be­hind the plate to­day.”

“We hit the ball re­ally well in the first game and the de­fense had my back.”

“Hayes had his stuff work­ing to­day,” Bull­dog head coach Matt Deer­man said. “He didn’t have a great start his last out­ing, so I knew he’d go out there and give it all he’s got to­day, and he did.”

Mor­row came on in re­lief for Hayes, but the Tigers had his num­ber in his sec­ond ap­pear­ance.

They scored 11 runs in the bot­tom of the sixth.

Wilson slammed the door on the Bull­dogs in the top of the sev­enth to earn the win and take the se­ries to game three.

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