Piedmont baseball’s trademark resiliency was on display Monday in the Wildcats regular season finale and senior night game vs. Kingfisher.
Piedmont shortstop Gabe Griffith tries to turn a double play as a Kingfisher runner slides into second base Monday.
Conserving arms for the upcoming regional playoffs, the Wildcats rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the fifth inning — after the Yellowjackets scored six times in the second — and although the comeback came up just short in a 7-6 loss, Piedmont (23-11) will take momentum into the regional playoffs which begin Thursday in Piedmont.
“They came out with their ace and he was pitching well,” outfielder Hunter Chism said. “It was one of those deals where if we wanted to win on our senior night we were going to have to make a way and I feel like we did.”
Trailing 7-6, Chism lined out to open the seventh inning, but after two were away, Noah Ellis reached on an error. Bryce McDermott followed with a walk and a wild pitch to Brayden Nelson moved both into scoring position.
Later in the at-bat, Nelson laced a ball to left field, but a well-positioned Trey Borelli made a running grab to end the game. It would’ve Piedmont’s sixth come-from-behind win of the season.
“In the last inning, if those balls are a little bit to the left or a little bit to the right it’s a different ballgame there,” Chism said.
Chism added a two-out, two-RBI triple in the fifth inning to bring PHS within three runs. An inning later, Tyler Rother put down a squeeze bunt that brought home a pair of runs, including a hustling Nelson all the way from second base to cut the deficit to 7-6.
Koy Priddy pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts to hold Kingfisher at bay and allow the Wildcats to mount a rally.
Matt Hopkins pitched three innings with two strikeouts while allowing an unearned run to earn the win for Kingfisher. Parker Greenhill took the loss for Piedmont.
Borelli led Kingfisher (16-17) with a 2 for 5 day with two RBI’s. The Yellowjackets outhit the Wildcats 12 to five. Senior Trevor Larson went 2 for 3 with two runs scored for Piedmont.