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Piedmont rides two-out hits to win over Enid

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

EDMOND — Piedmont rode an up and down wave of momentum and wound up on top against Enid on Saturday at the Edmond Classic at Edmond Memorial High School.

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Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont pitcher Tyler Anderson makes a throw to first base as an Enid runner hustles down the line on Saturday in Edmond.

In the resumption of a suspended game from Friday, Piedmont trailed 3-1, took an 8-3 lead with a seven-run fifth, then held on for an 8-6 win over the Plainsmen.

“I didn’t feel like we had a lot of life to begin with, so we needed some things to happen for us,” PHS head coach Kory Williams said. “Guys came through when we needed them to today and kind of blew the game open for us.”

Piedmont’s fifth inning explosion began with a one-out RBI single from Marshall Wallace that scored two runs and tied the game at 3. The Wildcats followed with three straight two-out hits to score runs and expand the lead to 8-3.

“I knew we needed something to spark us, because we were right on the edge,” Wallace said. “I just wanted to have the best at-bat I could to give us the best shot I could. I was fortunate enough to get it down the line  to score some runs and my teammates did a good job of rallying after that.”

Gabe Griffith, Hunter Chism, J.J. Rogers and Bryce McDermott all delivered two-out RBIs in the frame.

“Hopefully all those hits will trampoline us and give our guys some confidence to want to be in that spot,” Williams said.

The Plainsmen battled back in the seventh with the help of four Piedmont errors, the final two of which would’ve ended the game. With the bases loaded and Enid within two runs, reliever Brayden Nelson induced a ground ball to third that Noah Ellis fielded cleanly and threw across to first for the final out.

“Brayden stayed composed on the mound for us,” Williams said. “He wasn’t yelling at his teammates, he never showed emotion, he just continued to pitch and that’s what you have to do.”

Nelson’s final out preserved the win for reliever Tyler Anderson, who threw two scoreless innings in relief for Friday’s starter, Trevin Michael.

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