Piedmont catcher Cassidy Ray tries to block the plate and corral the ball as a Deer Creek baserunner slides into home plate Tuesday night in Edmond.Ray and the Wildcats beat the rival BlakeAntlers, 13-2.
EDMOND – Piedmont head coach Rick Scott understated the performance, but the scoreboard spoke loud and clear.
Piedmont, led by Scott’s daughter, Kassidy, hammered rival Deer Creek 13-2, in a five inning run-rule win behind a 4 for 4 performance from Scott to go with seven RBIs Tuesday night at Deer Creek High School.
Rick Scott sarcastically called Scott’s performance, which included two mammoth home runs, ‘decent’ afterwards, while lauding his team’s most complete effort of the season.
“Deer Creek is really good and they’re well coached,” he said. “We put together a really good effort tonight.”
The Wildcats scored twice in the first, two more times in the second and put the hammer down in the third by putting up six runs to take a 10-0 lead.
“Coming out here today we prepared ourselves really well in practice and we were taking names,” Kassidy Scott said of the fast start. “We were ready to go.”
Scott started the scoring in the first with a home run deep over the left field fence to stake Piedmont to a 2-0 lead, then worked a scoreless bottom half of the first.
She drove in her third and fourth runs of the game with an RBI-double to right field a half inning later. Then added another colossal home run in the third inning, this one a three-run home run to deep center that gave Piedmont a 13-0 lead.
“I was just looking for the right pitch,” she said. “I was expecting it to be a strike and just thinking, hit it, wherever it goes it’ll be fine.”
The 11-run victory over Deer Creek snapped a brief two-game losing skid to the Antlers that dated back to last season, and also snapped a two-game losing streak after
Piedmont went 0-2 in the Rogers State festival last Friday.
“This was important. Deer Creek beat us twice last season for the first since 2003 and it was hard to take,” Rick Scott said. “I really felt like we had them on the ropes from the first inning on after Kassidy hit the home run.”
Perhaps most importantly, the victory moved Piedmont to 1-0 in district play and 6-4 overall with another district contest against El Reno looming Thursday.
“We’re sitting in the driver’s seat in district now,” he said. “We’re going to savor this victory until tomorrow, then get ready to play El Reno.”
Sagely McAdoo added a 3 for 4 game with three RBIs and every Piedmont starter had at least one hit in the Wildcats 12-hit outburst.
Scott pitched a complete game, surrendering two runs, one earned while allowing two hits and walking one with three strikeouts.
Deer Creek scored twice in their half of the fifth off Scott, but couldn’t score enough to keep the game going past the ten-after-five, run-rule.