Pied­mont sweeps base­ball dou­ble­header

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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