E.A. Sports Today

Bulldogs stay hot

Hayes leads Piedmont to a pair of wins, going 7-for-9 with a homer, 4 RBIs and stifles No. 1 Cherokee County

By East Alabama Sports Today

CENTRE — The Piedmont Bulldogs are no strangers to getting off to a slow start in baseball season, but once they get in a groove, it’s hard to get them out of it.

And they are in the groove again.

The Class 3A No. 10 Bulldogs swept a doubleheader Saturday, taking a 10-2 decision from 5A Charles Henderson and an 11-5 victory over the Cherokee County, the top-ranked team in Class 4A.

The Bulldogs (13-8) have now won eight of their last nine games.

In the win over the neighboring Warriors (17-5), winning pitcher Taylor Hayes helped himself by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. He also tossed six innings of five-hit ball, giving up just one earned run and a walk with 14 strikeouts.

Bailey Graves also had three hits for the Bulldogs and drove in two runs. Easton Kirk had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Logan Pruitt had a double and three RBIs. Mason Mohon had a hit, a run and a RBI.

Jy Lockridge led the Warriors at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Josh Decker delivered a hit and two RBIs. Gunnar Gable had a hit and a RBI. Colin Brewer and Cade Gossett both finished with a hit and scored a run apiece.

Piedmont began its day with a win over Charles Henderson. Once again, Hayes led the Bulldogs at the plate by going 4-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Taylor Morrow homered, singled, scored two runs and drove in two.

Mohon had two hits, while Kirk, Graves and TJ Fairs each had a hit and drove in two runs. Michael Rogers delivered a hit and scored two runs. Derrick Baer and Nick Johnson both had a hit and scored a run.

Pruitt posted the win. He went the distance, giving up just two earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts.

The day’s first game was an extra-inning affair in which Charles Henderson edged Cherokee County 9-8 in nine innings.

The Warriors scored six runs in the seventh to tie the game, but Charles Henderson scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 9-7 lead. The Warriors scratched a run across in their final at-bat, but couldn’t score the tying run.

Brewer had three hits for the Warriors, including a triple. Chris Ray also delivered three hits, including a double. He also drew a walk. Edwards and Decker both delivered a pair of hits. Mason Rodgers singled and walked. Gossett and Ledbetter both had a hit.

Piedmont 10, Charles Henderson 2
Piedmont 220 202 2 — 10 14 0
Charles Henderson 020 000 0 — 2 5 0

WP: Logan Pruitt. LP: Honer. 2B: Taylor Hayes (P), Devan Suddith (CH), Gandy (CH). HR: Taylor Morrow (P). Hits – Piedmont: Taylor Hayes 4, TJ Fairs, Easton Kirk, Taylor Morrow 2, Bailey Graves, Derrick Baer, Mason Mohon 2, Nick Johnson, Michael Rogers; Charles Henderson: Carson Tucker, Bryson Gandy, Jabronski Williams, Devan Suddith, Noah Lowery. RBIs – Piedmont: Taylor Hayes 2, TJ Fairs 2, Easton Kirk 2, Taylor Morrow 2, Bailey Graves 2; Charles Henderson: Devan Suddith, Noah Lowery.

Piedmont 11, Cherokee County 5
Piedmont 304 200 2 — 11 13 3
Cherokee Co. 102 000 2 — 5 8 3

WP: Taylor Hayes. LP: Noah Ledbetter. 2B: Taylor Hayes (P), Logan Pruitt (P), Easton Kirk (P), Jy Lockridge (C). HR: Taylor Hayes (P). Hits – Piedmont: Taylor Hayes 3, TJ Fairs, Easton Kirk 2, Bailey Graves 3, Derrick Baer, Mason Mohon, Logan Pruitt, Cole Chasteen; Cherokee County: Collin Edwards, Jy Lockridge 2, Collin Brewer, Josh Decker, Gunner Gable, Chritian Stinson, Cade Gossett. RBIs – Piedmont: Taylor Hayes 2, Taylor Morros, Bailey Graves 2, Derrick Baer 2, Mason Mohon, Logan Pruitt 3; Cherokee County: Jy Lockridge, Josh Decker 2, Gunner Gable.

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