Piedmont’s softball team continues to grow under first-year head coach Keith Coleman.
The one person who wishes that the methodical process would speed up most? Keith Coleman. But Coleman also happens to be the same guy that knows it doesn’t work that way, especially when growing up includes replacing an All-American pitcher and a college-bound catcher.
“We’re just about exactly where I thought we would be at this point,” Coleman, who’s team was 11-10 overall after two losses at Coweta on Tuesday, said. “We have some really good innings and then we have some innings where we show our youth and inexperience.”
In the circle, Piedmont has settled on freshman Chloe Bohuslavicky and senior Morgan Davis to fill the massive void left by All-American and Texas Tech signee Kassidy Scott. Both have been solid. Davis has a 1.47 ERA in 47 1/3 innings. Bohuslavicky has 41 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings with a 3.52 ERA. Neither has truly pulled ahead of the other and that’s OK with Coleman.
“They’ve both had some hard luck, but we’re happy with them,” Coleman said.
Piedmont opened the season with a 4-0 record against a soft schedule. Which, in retrospect, probably wasn’t the best way for a young team breaking in five freshman contributors and moving other returners to new positions to start.
“I think it set us back,” Coleman said. “All of the sudden when our kids played teams that could catch it and throw it, it kind of put our kids in a little shell-shock early.”
Since then, it’s been a case of putting together complete games on offense, defense and in the circle. That’s the last step to becoming a contender in Class 5A. The schedule hasn’t been easy. Piedmont’s top competition in district — Durant and Coweta — are a combined 48-6 this season.
“We’re not talented enough to just show up and play. We have a small margin for error,” Coleman said. “We’re a team that has to do all of the little things very well and we’ve proven throughout this season when we do them well we can compete.”
The Wildcats have made progress toward all of the above, but still aren’t consistent enough for Coleman. The goal is for Piedmont to be playing its best softball by the regional tournament in early October. That won’t happen with the flip of a switch, but Coleman remains optimistic his team can in the coming weeks.
“When we put it all together we have a chance to be pretty good,” he said.