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Wildcat baseball drops pair to open year

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Piedmont’s Jake Kisling swings for a base hit during the Wildcats opening game of the season against Deer Creek Monday night at Wildcat Field in Piedmont.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

After successfully making the Class 4A state tournament last season, the Piedmont Wildcats baseball team has made the change to 5A baseball for the 2014 season.

However, the start to the season hasn’t gone according to plan after the Wildcats dropped their opening two games of the season to Deer Creek on Monday and Tuesday.

A 15-3 blowout loss at home Monday was followed up by an 11-9 defeat on the road Tuesday, which saw the Wildcats almost make a comeback in the seventh inning.

A highlight Monday night for the Wildcats was a three-run homer by Brett Adams in the bottom of the third inning, making the score 7-3.

“Deer Creek just out hit us and beat us, and that’s something I can live with,” Piedmont coach Kory Williams said Monday night. “We have to limit walks and hit by pitches. We played some good defense and they gave us a chance to win, and that’s all I ask for from this team.”

“Brett is a guy that played a lot for us last year, along with Mitchell (Sperle),” Williams added. “Brett’s blast got us back in the game and we were battling our butts off. The game got away from us late on but we will get better. This is just going to take time for us to gel. I want us to play our best baseball April 15th.”

Deer Creek 15 Piedmont 3

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Piedmont’s Mitchell Sperle makes a flip to first base during the Wildcats opening game of the season against Deer Creek Monday night at Wildcat Field.

While Piedmont was in the game early on against the Antlers at 1-0 after two innings, DCHS made sure it wasn’t going to stay like that for long.

A 6-run second inning gave the Antlers a 7-0 lead, which proved to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome as they dropped their season opener Monday night.

Brett Adams did put the Wildcats back in contention with a three-run homer to left field in the bottom of the third inning, but two scoreless innings combined with eight total runs in the sixth and seventh innings for Deer Creek put to rest any hopes of a comeback for the Wildcats.

Caleb Eldridge was a thorn in the side of the Wildcats, finishing the game with three RBI for the Antlers.

Dalton Egan took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing six innings of work allowing nine runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Patton Collie picked up the win for the Antlers on the mound, throwing five innings of work, allowing just three runs on two hits with five strikeouts.

Deer Creek 11 Piedmont 9

Tuesday afternoon, it was the Wildcats who turned the tables and jumped out to the early lead on the Antlers.

Unfortunately, it was the Antlers who still got the victory.

Despite a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning, the Antlers managed to hang on and take the series sweep from the Wildcats at Deer Creek.

Brett Adams continued his solid start to the season, by getting the scoring started with an RBI single in the first that scored Hunter Chism, before Dalton Egan got a two-RBI double.

The inning was finished off when Greyson Gallagher scored a run on an RBI groundout.

Adams collected another RBI double in the second inning to make it a 5-1 game for the Wildcats.

Deer Creek though, took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning to make it an 7-5 game, before adding four more in the sixth inning.

Jake Kisling and Hunter Chism collected RBI hits in the seventh inning for Piedmont.

JJ Rogers took the loss on the mound for Piedmont, throwing 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on one hit with two strikeouts.

Piedmont will be back at home Thursday Mar. 13 for a game against Oklahoma Christian before heading to the Chandler Tournament starting on Monday.

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