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Lady Wildcats survive scare on senior night

By Greg Evans

Tuesday’s softball senior night against Weatherford was a tough one for the Lady Wildcats. Piedmont breezed through the first three and a half innings but then the Lady Eagles stormed back and almost soured the night. Piedmont was able to outlast a late Weatherford run and win 6-5.

Piedmont’s first defensive inning was a bit of foreshadowing for the rest of the game. Weatherford got a batter on base at the first at bat, got a runner out at second on the next at bat and then two Lady Eagles were walked, loading the bases. The next Weatherford batter hit a blooper straight to Kylie Palmer, who rocketed it to Bre Davis at home plate, getting the out, and then Davis tossed it to Jordan Chism to complete the double play. Piedmont worked itself into a tough spot, but was able to stem the tide before things got out of hand. Chism got Piedmont on top in the bottom of the first with a two out home run. Jamie Lowrie extended the Lady Wildcat lead to 3-0 on a two run RBI single.

Things started to get dicey in the fourth when a Weatherford base runner crossed the plate on an RBI single. Michelle Brandon answered with a home run in the bottom of the fourth and Chism batted in Emma Nelson to give Piedmont a little more breathing room.

That breathing room wasn’t to last as Weatherford got two runners on base in the top of the fifth and both runners were able to steal home on Lady Wildcat errors before the inning came to a close.

Scott knocked one out of the park in the bottom of the fifth to give Piedmont a 6-3 lead. Both teams played some tough defense in the sixth inning and Weatherford had one final shot.

The Lady Eagles got their first batter on base with a single and she was able to slide under a Palmer tag on a steal to advance to second. An RBI triple later and Weatherford trailed by just two. Lowrie struck out the next batter but a fielding error by Piedmont on the next at bat scored Weatherford’s fifth run. The Lady Eagles knocked another single to get the winning run on first base. The ensuing at bat saw Scott and Brandon combine for the out at first, but the runners advanced to second and third. Weatherford brought its lead off hitter to the plate for one last at bat but the ball bounced to Chism who was able to make the throw to Scott and cap off the senior night victory for Piedmont.

“It was a tale of two games,” Coach Rick Scott said. “We played great at first but we lost focus. There were a lot of distractions; it was zoo day for the seniors and it was senior night. We found a way though. We’re hitting the ball well but we’re still leaving too many runners on base. We’re going to fix that though. I have a gameplan to work on that the rest of this week. We also can’t walk people. Nothing bad happens when you don’t walk people. Being able to step back away from it and look at what happened tonight; that game was really good for us.”

Piedmont travels to Chickasha on Friday morning for two tournament games; 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The junior varsity will play Woodward at home at 4 p.m. and the varsity will play at 5 p.m. The Lady Wildcats travel to Guthrie on Monday and to El Reno on Tuesday. The last regular season game in Piedmont will be played Monday, Oct. 1 against Yukon.

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