By Evan Grice
While the wins have been rolling in for the Piedmont Wildcats baseball team in tournament play, district play is still proving hard to figure out.
Monday and Tuesday saw the Wildcats tangle with Bishop McGuinness in a home and home district series, where the Fighting Irish took both games from the Wildcats.
Tuesday afternoon’s game was especially hard to swallow, as the Wildcats squandered a 4-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning, only to fall in eight innings.
Piedmont will be back in action Saturday at the Woodward Festival, where the Wildcats will face off with Woodward, and the Harvesters from Pampa, Texas.
Bishop McGuinness 5 Piedmont 4 F/8
Life is a game of inches, and the Piedmont Wildcats were inches away twice from defeating the Fighting Irish Tuesday afternoon at Wildcat Field.
With two outs and a 1-2 count, starting pitcher Trevin Michael threw what many believed to be a third strike and the end of the game.
However, the call went in favor of the Irish, and what ensued was a collapse for the Wildcats, as Bishop McGuinness came back to tie the game in the seventh at 4-4.
Brett Adams then came inches away from winning the game in the bottom of the seventh, as his deep drive to left field bounced off the wall and resulted in a double.
The breaks eventually just didn’t go the way of Piedmont, and Bishop McGuinness escaped with a 5-4 victory in eight innings.
“It’s tough losing a game like this,” Piedmont coach Kory Williams said. “This is a time when we can either pull together as a team or fall apart. We just need to stay together, don’t start pointing fingers and just stay the course. If we can fix our mistakes, especially the errors then we can still be successful in district play.”
When Chase Cowley made it 4-1 with an RBI on a fielder’s choice, it looked to be relatively harmless for the Wildcats. Then, Brian Canfield got another run back for the Irish with an RBI single on a bloop hit to right field to make it 4-2.
Jordan Edwards brought MHS one step closer with an RBI single of his own, before designated hitter Joe Corbett tied the game with an RBI single.
Mike Neuberger got the winning RBI with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning for the Irish.
Brett Adams got the scoring started for the Wildcats in the bottom of the first with a 2-RBI double to deep left field, before Jake Kisling doubled the lead with a 2-RBI bunt hit which resulted in him ended up on second.
Mike Neuberger went seven innings for the Fighting Irish on the mound, allowing four runs (four earned) on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Trevin Michael pitched 6 2/3 innings of work on the mound, allowing four runs (four earned) on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
JJ Rogers took the loss on the mound, throwing 1 1/3 innings of work, allowing one run on three hits.
Bishop McGuinness 11 Piedmont 1 F/5
Everything that could go wrong Monday afternoon at Joe Cook Field did go wrong for Piedmont Monday afternoon.
Seven errors combined with a 4-1 deficit were too much for the Wildcats to overcome, as Bishop McGuinness claimed the series opener with an 11-1 victory in five innings.
Piedmont looked to have gotten back in the game when Mitchell Sperle got an RBI single to make the score 4-1 in the top of the third inning.
Unfortunately, the Irish responded with seven runs over the next three innings to run-rule the Wildcats.
Joe Corbett, Drew Mueggenburg and Jordan Edwards each registered two RBI apiece for the Fighting Irish.
Dalton Egan took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing four innings of work. He allowed nine runs (four earned) on 10 hits with one walk.