Confidence oozed, balls jumped off bats and Piedmont waltzed to its 13th district win in 13 tries with a 19-0 run-rule win at Bishop McGuinness Monday night.
Playing in its district finale, Piedmont (25-7) struck early and often, scoring four times in the first, five times in the second and three more times in the third to take a 12-0 lead in a game that was never competitive.
The win polished off the ‘Cats 13-0 district record to go with their district title and improved PHS to 26-2 in district action the past two seasons.
“That’s pretty awesome,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said. “In Class 5A that’s a big deal.”
The 19 runs were a season-high, and the shutout was Piedmont’s eighth this season.
“I haven’t seen them that confident at the plate this season,” Scott said after his teams’ 15th straight win, including a 4-0 mark at the Chickasha Tournament last weekend. “We had a great weekend down at Chickasha. We really fought hard as a team and I think they came together a little bit.”
Monday the long ball did most of the fighting for Piedmont. The ‘Cats connected for three home runs — Two, two-run shots from Michelle Brandon and a solo blast from Madison Giggers’, that was the first home run of her career — to go with RBI doubles from Madi Morris, Kassidy Scott and Abby Detar.
Some sage advice from Scott to Giggers before her third-inning home run to center, paid dividends.
“I’m so happy for Madison Giggers. I usually don’t make good moves, but I told Madison before her at-bat, let’s go right-handed,” he said of his advice to the normally left-handed hitting junior center fielder. “Then she knocks it over. She was sprinting around the bases, I told her, ‘you’ve got to slow down,’ she doesn’t have a lot of experience with the home run trot yet.”
Following Giggers shot that made it 10-0 Wildcats, Scott pounded a double off the left field wall and Brandon followed with her second home run of the game and fifth of the season.
“We were just all relaxed as a team coming off a good weekend in Chickasha,” Brandon said. “We were confident and ready to take care of business.”
Sophomore pitcher Morgan Davis earned the win in the circle by pitching 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing four hits, walking two and striking out three.
“Morgan was fantastic,” Scott said. “She’s been throwing better and better every day.”
Piedmont plays at Perry Tuesday then travels to Yukon on Friday with regional playoffs, which Piedmont will host, beginning Oct. 9 and 10.
“Right now we’re doing well,” Scott said. “But like I told them, every day we’re working on getting a little better in some area.”