By Evan Grice
Before the Piedmont Wildcats invaded Bricktown Tuesday night, they made the trip to Chandler to take part in the Mark Howard Memorial Tournament held at Mark Howard Park.
PHS took out Prague and Jones in their first games of the competition, in addition to taking out Oklahoma Christian School last Thursday at Wildcat Field.
Piedmont 12 Prague 3
While it might have been the first day of spring break Monday, the Wildcats were showing no signs of rust against Prague in their first game of the tournament.
A four run blitz in the first inning got Piedmont off on the right foot, as they took out Prague by a score of 12-3 in six innings.
Four runs in the sixth inning sealed the game as an RBI single from Brett Adams to left field on a pop-up made it 9-3, before Dalton Egan smashed a two-RBI double which scored Adams and Bryce McDermott to make it 11-3.
Lane Tooman then got an RBI double of his own to left field to make it 12-3.
Mitchell Sperle got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-RBI single, before Egan and Tooman both added RBI’s to get Piedmont off to a 4-0 lead.
Sperle got another RBI single in the second inning, after Trey Howard scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-0.
Prague responded with one run in the bottom of the second, and two in the bottom of the third, but couldn’t get any closer on the day.
Howard scored again in the fifth inning on a throwing error, before Tooman collected an RBI on a groundout to make it 8-3.
Lane Tooman finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI, with Mitchell Sperle going 3-for-4 with three RBI also.
Dalton Egan also collected three RBI in the game against the Red Devils.
Marshall Wallace got the win on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing 2 2/3 innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Mitchell Sperle threw 3 1/3 innings of relief allowing just three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Piedmont 6 Jones 1
While the offense wasn’t at a premium in the second game of the tournament against the Longhorns from Jones, the defense made up for it.
Piedmont used runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings to claim its second victory of the Chandler Tournament with a 6-1 win over Jones.
Jake Kisling got the scoring started in the top of the second inning with an RBI single, before Brett Adams collected an RBI single of his own before later scoring on a balk in the top of the third inning to make it 3-0.
Kisling struck again in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI single to make it 4-0, before Max Jirak stole home in the seventh inning to make it 5-0.
Another RBI from Adams made it 6-0, before Jones got one back in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Trevin Michael got the win on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing six innings of work. He allowed just one run on one hit with one walk and six strikeouts.
Piedmont 12 OCS 3
Following two straight defeats to open the season, Piedmont decided to take out some frustration on OCS Thursday afternoon at Wildcat Field.
Six runs in the second inning erased a 1-0 deficit, as the Wildcats claimed their first victory of the season with a 12-3 romp in six innings.
A sacrifice bunt from Brayden Nelson combined with an error from the OCS pitcher on the throw, led to two runs scoring in the bottom of the second inning.
Hunter Chism then added a sacrifice-fly RBI to make it 3-1, before Brett Adams collected a two-RBI double to left field to make it 5-1.
Mitchell Sperle then made it 6-1 with an RBI double.
Sperle added an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning, while Bryce McDermott collected a two-RBI double to make it 9-2.
Lane Tooman and Jake Kisling each added RBI hits in the fourth to make it 11-2, before Sperle finished the game off in the fifth with a walk-off RBI single to left field.
Brayden Nelson got the win on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing 2 1/3 innings of work. He allowed just two hits on two runs (one earned) with four walks and one strikeout.