By Evan Grice
While there wasn’t a whole lot of resting going on for the Piedmont Wildcats baseball team over spring break, there was certainly a lot of winning.
At the Mark Howard Memorial Tournament held in Chandler, the Wildcats resumed pool play Thursday morning and eventually fought their way to the tournament title Saturday afternoon.
Picking up victories over McLoud, Stroud, and Westmoore JV, the Wildcats claimed their seventh victory in a row at the time in the process along with the tournament championship.
Piedmont 4 Westmoore JV 1
Despite only managing five hits for the entire game, the Wildcats were able to make the most out of a little against the Jaguars in the championship game Saturday afternoon at Mark Howard Park.
Three runs in the top of the third inning along with one more in the fourth proved to be enough as the Wildcats claimed the tournament title with a 4-1 victory.
Gabe Griffith got the scoring started with an RBI single to left field in the top of the third inning, before Max Jirak scored on a throwing error to make it 2-0.
Bryce McDermott then hit a sacrifice fly RBI to make it 3-0 for the Wildcats.
Greyson Gallagher then scored in the fourth inning off a throwing error at first base to make it 4-0.
Westmoore got its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Jake Kisling and Trevin Michael each pitched three innings on the mound for Piedmont, allowing just five hits between them with one walk and three strikeouts total.
Piedmont 10 Stroud 2 F/6
While Stroud took an early lead against the Wildcats Friday afternoon, it didn’t last long.
Five runs in the sixth inning proved to be the difference maker, as Piedmont claimed a 10-2 victory in six innings over SHS in the final game of pool play in Chandler.
Brett Adams got Piedmont on the board with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the first, making it a 2-1 game after Stroud put up two early runs in the top of the first inning.
Easton Fenton tied the game for Piedmont with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second, before Max Jirak gave the Wildcats the lead with an RBI off a fielder’s choice.
RBI singles from Gabe Griffith and Jirak made the score 5-2 for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fourth inning.
JJ Rogers scored on a walk in the sixth to make it 6-2, before Lane Tooman collected a 2-RBI single to make it 8-2 for the Wildcats.
An RBI single from Brett Adams made it 9-2, before Dalton Egan got the game winning hit to finish the game off for the Wildcats.
Brayden Nelson got the win on the mound for Piedmont, throwing five innings of work. He allowed two runs (0 earned) on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Marshall Wallace threw an inning of relief walking just one batter and striking out two.
Piedmont 5 McLoud 4
Thursday morning saw a close call for the Wildcats against McLoud.
Five runs in the top of the fifth proved to be enough though, as Piedmont survived a late rally to win 5-4 over MHS.
Dalton Egan scored on an error to make it 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, before a sacrifice hit from Max Jirak made it 2-0.
Mitchell Sperle then collected a 2-RBI single to center field to make it 4-0, before Bryce McDermott collected an RBI single to make it 5-0.
McLoud got three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, before adding one more in the bottom of the sixth inning.
JJ Rogers got the win on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing a complete game effort. He allowed just four runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts.