OKLAHOMA CITY — Heritage Hall’s powerful offensive attack was too much for a shorthanded Piedmont team Monday night at Pop Murray Memorial Field.
Bailey Miller scored in each half for the Chargers (13-1) as Heritage Hall pulled away for a 4-1 win over the Lady Wildcats (12-3) on the strength of three unanswered goals in the second half that broke a 1-1 tie at halftime.
Piedmont’s Bianca Cardenas, right, hustles for a loose ball with Heritage Hall’s Gabby Bowen Monday night.
“We had too many defensive mistakes,” head coach Brad Brucker said. “The stuff that had plagued us all year long came back to bite us.”
Heritage Hall advanced to play Coweta in the 5A semifinals on Wednesday thanks to a quick start to the second half that set the tone for the rest of the game. Kameron Robinson chipped home a shot that proved to be the game-winner off a feed from Miller just three minutes out of intermission.
With Piedmont pressing up for an equalizer late, Miller scored her second goal of the game with 5:21 to play, and Morgan Meacham added the final cushion with 3:40 remaining.
“We couldn’t possess the ball,” Brucker said. “We started pushing numbers after that second goal. Sometimes it can get away from you a little bit when you do that, but we knew a one-goal loss was the same as a three-goal loss.” Read more →
CHOCTAW — Morgan Crenshaw went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored while pitching four scoreless innings to push second-ranked Red Oak past Okarche in a 12-0, five inning run-rule in the quarterfinals of the Class B State Tournament Monday.
The loss ended seventh-seeded Okarche’s season at 17-9 while Red Oak (23-7) advanced into the state semifinals.
Delayed three days by rain, Monday morning’s quarterfinal at Choctaw High School went Red Oak’s way from the start. Okarche starter Jay Johnson hit Red Oak leadoff batter Lane Grogan to open the game, followed by a base hit that put runners on the corners. After an out on the base paths, Crenshaw sent a one-out RBI single to left field to stake the Eagles to an early 1-0 lead.
Okarche catcher Weston Carter waits to tag out a Red Oak runner in the first inning on Monday.
DeWayne Grogan followed with another RBI-hit off Johnson, who allowed eight hits and seven runs (five earned) in an inning of work. Okarche trailed 5-0 before it came to bat.
“They got five runs on us early, and against a good team it’s hard to come back from something like that,” head coach Jim Schwarz said. “Because they’ve been here a lot and they’re out there relaxed, hitting the ball hard and doing good things.”
Normally precise with his command, Johnson struggled to locate pitches, which against a hard-hitting Red Oak team, spelled doom. Read more →
Forecasted severe weather has forced the postponement of all postseason events set for Piedmont athletic teams this weekend.
Piedmont’s girls soccer second round playoff game at Heritage Hall originally set for tonight at 5:30 will now be played Monday at 5 p.m.
The 5A girls state tennis tournament scheduled for today and Saturday will be played Tuesday and Wednesday at the Oklahoma Tennis Center in Oklahoma City.
The Class 5A Track & Field regional set for Saturday at Putnam City High School has also been rescheduled for Monday.
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Piedmont golfer Dustin Hasley knows only one way to play – aggressively.
It’s what’s made the sophomore a contender for the 5A state title next week at Shawnee Country Club and what helped him qualify for state as a freshman. It’s what defines Hasley’s game on the course, and according to him, everything he does competitively.
“Right from the beginning I’ve always been really aggressive no matter what sport I was playing,” he said. “When I started getting stronger and started hitting the ball further is when I really started playing that way on the course.”
His aggressiveness is spurred on by rare natural ability. Hasley’s ball striking is off the charts – he averages just more 300 yards off the tee – his iron play is solid, and when he’s on, he’s a great putter, too.
“I always tell people that we should all be so blessed to have his swing,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford, who’s already taken calls about Hasley from coaches at Oklahoma, Tulsa and Oral Roberts, said. “It’s long, it’s smooth and he makes good contact almost every swing.”
Hasley’s ability is coupled with a strong work ethic. He spends two hours a day practicing, and his creativity – especially around the greens – is uncanny for a player of his age, Ford said. Read more →
Quent Wheeler has an open mind about his first year of collegiate soccer at Oklahoma City University.
The talented and physically imposing defensive midfielder signed the with Stars program last week after starting all but one game in an impressive four-year career at Piedmont. Now, he’s ready for the next challenge.
“The most exciting thing is going up another level,” he said. “I’m ready to learn – I don’t expect to get there and know what I’m doing.”
Wheeler earned the chance to play in college by proving himself as an elite defender with the ability to play multiple positions. Stats couldn’t tell the story about what Wheeler brought to Piedmont’s team.
Quent Wheeler signs his letter of intent with Oklahoma City University.
“He’s consistently been one of the top three or four players we’ve put on the field every year,” Piedmont head coach Zac Selph said. “He’s been a big part of everything we’ve done.” Read more →
CHICKASHA — On a day complete with an hour-long tornado delay and another 20-minute rain delay, third-seeded Piedmont nearly took control of the Chickasha regional on Wednesday.
But Chickasha pitchers Breyden Belden and Brock Henderson combined to fan 14 Wildcat batters to help make a three-run first stand up in a 3-2 victory at Elliott Field. Piedmont faces Ardmore at noon on Thursday for a chance to earn a rematch with the top-seeded Chicks.
Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont’s J.J. Rogers tries to turn a double play in the Wildcats’ 4-2 win over Ardmore.
“We’ve got to put the ball in play and give ourselves a chance,” Piedmont head coach Kory Williams said of his team’s 14 strikeouts. “We didn’t put the ball in play enough to give ourselves a chance.”
Piedmont managed just three hits in the game, two of which came in a the Wildcats’ two-run first inning. Bryce McDermott singled with two outs to move Hunter Chism to third base where he scored on a wild pitch to put PHS in front 1-0. Easton Fenton followed with another two-out hit to plate McDermott.
Chickasha rallied in the bottom half of the first with three runs on four hits off Piedmont starter J.J. Rogers. Rogers pitched five innings while allowing seven hits with six strikeouts. Rogers did his best to minimize the first inning damage, and settled in after that.
“J.J. did a good job of working out of it, we could’ve given up more there,” Williams said. “We just needed to come back and score runs after that.” Read more →
Hannah Thomas’ goal stood tall. Really tall.
After more than 1:30 worth of lightning delays and another 20 minute injury stoppage, Thomas’ goal at the 19:03 mark of the first half proved to be the game winner in Piedmont’s 1-0 first round playoff win over El Reno on a soggy Wildcat Field Tuesday night.
The win came without injured starters and leading goal scorers Kylie Pyle and Bianca Cardenas, and advanced Piedmont to a Friday night quarterfinal contest at Heritage Hall. Without Thomas’ goal, though, it wouldn’t have been possible.
Piedmont’s Caren Hidalgo kicks a ball as water splashes off a soggy Wildcat Field Tuesday night.
She knocked home the game winner off a misplayed ball in the box from El Reno that left the sophomore with an open look at the goal she didn’t miss.
“It was well-struck and well-placed,” Piedmont head coach Brad Brucker said of the goal, which was one of few legitimate scoring chances in a game played during a rainstorm. “She stepped up in a tough spot.”
The goal held up until half, then the lightning came. Both teams and their fans endured two separate 30-minute lightning delays before play resumed for 13 minutes in the second and stopped again for another 30-minute delay at the 27:24 mark. Read more →
SHAWNEE — Top-seed Binger-Oney meant business Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A slow pitch softball state tournament at The Ballfields at Firelake.
When the Bobcats work was done they had dispatched Okarche 17-1 in a three-inning run-rule to advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, ending the Lady Warriors season at 23-12.
Led by Sabra Britton’s 2-for-2 day with a home run and five RBIs, Binger scored seven times in the first and 10 more times in the second to improve to 35-4 overall.
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Okarche shortstop Kenadey Grellner throws to second baseman Jordan Cox during Tuesday’s game against Binger-Oney.
“Binger is the top seed in this for a reason,” Okarche head coach Booker Blakley said. “We were going to have to play our best and have them maybe play down a little bit to have a chance, and they definitely did not.”
Instead, 2014 state slow pitch runner-up Binger-Oney took an early lead on an RBI-single followed by a two-RBI single from Britton. With the score 5-0, a two-base error in the Lady Warriors outfield plated the sixth and seventh runs of the game for the Bobcats.
Britton struck again in the second by launching a three-run home run deep over the center field fence to make the score 11-0.
“They came out and hit the ball really well and made the plays they were supposed to,” Blakley said.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Dustin Hasley fired an even par 72 in the first round of 5A regionals Monday at John Conrad Golf Course in Oklahoma City, then overcame a second round 78 to finish fifth overall and qualify for the state tournament.
Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont’s Dustin Hasley chips from just off the green on Monday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
Hasley was one of just four players to shoot an even par or better round on Monday, joining Garrett McDaniel (70) and Braden Ricks (70) of Shawnee along with Milton Pebeahsy (71) of Altus.
“I was hitting greens and hitting my driver straight the entire round basically,” Hasley, a sophomore, said of his first-round 72. “I only hit a few bad shots and kind of stayed even-keel.”
He rallied on the back nine. Hasley birdied No. 9, No. 13, No. 14 and No. 16 during an eight-hole stretch in his first round.
“I busted a few drives out there pretty far and was able to get my irons close,” he said of the hot stretch. “I just gave myself opportunities and took advantage of them.”
The wind came up during Hasley’s second round, which he said may have affected his play some, but not significantly. Read more →