The Bulldogs sent 10 hitters to the plate in the top of the ninth inning, scored five runs and won 9-4. Combined with an 11-1 win in the opener, the victory completed a two-game sweep and moved Piedmont (25-9) to next week’s quarterfinal round.
Pitcher Dillon Terry opened the ninth with a walk, and Taylor Hayes bunted him to second base. On an 0-2 count, Tyler Lusk hit a fast ball sharply up the middle into centerfield and Terry scored from second base when the throw home was cut off at the mound.
“He got me off a curve ball. I fouled that one off and found my pitch,” Lusk said.
Back at the top of the order, Piedmont got four straight hits — a double by Cade Bradley, a two-run double by Matt Strott, a single by Cass McCord and a two-run double by Collins Bradley.
Glencoe, batting as the home team in the second game, almost won in the bottom of the seventh. The Yellow Jackets put runners on second and first with two down. Cleanup hitter Will Parker lashed a base hit into center, but McCord charged the ball and made a perfect throw to Strott at the plate to nip Dalton Roberts for the third out. McCord said he and his outfield partners work on throws home every practice, trying to ring a trash can at the plate.
“If Cass doesn’t do that, we’re not even in the ball game,” Bulldogs coach James Blanchard said.
Terry, who pitched the full nine innings, gave up three runs in the first inning on two walks, two singles and a sacrifice fly then settled down to limit Glencoe to just one more run when Parker scored in the fourth. Terry said Blanchard asked if he could go longer after the seventh.
“He asked me about how my arm was feeling and I told him it was feeling all right. I thought I could go a couple more,” Terry said.
Terry retired the Jackets in order in the eighth and allowed just a two-out single in the ninth. He finished the game and the sweep with his fifth strikeout.
Freshman Payton Young was 3-for-3 in the nightcap and was intentionally walked three times. Young’s two-run home run in the second cut Glencoe’s early lead to 3-2, and Cade Bradley’s hit scored Caleb Adams to make it 3-3.
Adams doubled home Collin Bradley in the third to put the Bulldogs up 4-3.
Piedmont won the opener 11-1 in six innings, scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth. A base hit to left by Terry sent Young home with the deciding run. Glencoe got an unearned run off Cade Bradley in the first before Strott and Collin Bradley had RBIs in Piedmont’s three-run third.
In the fourth, McCord came up with the bases loaded and blasted the first pitch over the fence in left, his first home run at any level of baseball.
“He threw me a curve ball. I read it out of his hand and I just mashed it,” McCord said.
Cade Bradley went the distance and struck out three. He was 3-for-3 at bat with an intentional walk. McCord had a double, a single and a walk in addition to his home run. He scored three times.