All-Star competition came to an end for Piedmont’s 7-and-8-year-old baseball team Sunday in Eufaula at the Dixie Youth state tournament for pitching-machine leagues. The Piedmont team lost to powerful Thomasville in its opening game Saturday. The Bulldogs were eliminated Sunday afternoon when Athens out-scored them 22-16 in a slugfest.
Piedmont’s All-Stars were outfielder Henry Chaney, third baseman Braxton Haney, pitcher Cain Hendon, outfielder Eli Johnson, outfielder-third baseman Brodie Leighton, catcher Jacob McCurdy, outfielder Jacob McElroy, second baseman McClane Mohon, outfielder Brooks Naugher, shortstop Trevor Pike, outfielder Sam Tolbert and first baseman Cole Wilson.
The coaches included head coach Jay Wilson and assistants Tifanie Hendon, Duane Mohon and Corey Pike.
A runner-up finish in the District 8 tournament earned Piedmont its trip to the state tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Cherokee National 14-2 in their initial district tournament game. Cherokee American then downed Piedmont 15-0. In their must-win elimination bracket game, Piedmont downed Cherokee National 20-5. Cherokee American took the championship game from Piedmont 17-12.
Preparing for district action, Piedmont won a pair of preliminary tournaments. First, the Bulldogs won an open tournament then they claimed the Dixie Youth jamboree tournament in Piedmont.
Over their four tournaments, the Bulldogs were an offensive machine. Chaney batted .419, scored seven runs and doubled once. Haney hit .725, including seven doubles and two triples, and scored 21 times. Hendon finished with a .367 batting average with one double and six runs scored. Johnson hit .406, scored six runs and had a pair of doubles.
Leighton’s .618 average included eight doubles and three triples. He came home eight times. McCurdy hit .715 with eight doubles and 13 runs. McElroy ended with a .600 batting average, including four doubles and five triples, and crossed the plate 12 times. Mohon batted .692 and scored 25 runs. His 14 extra-base hits included six doubles, seven triples and a home run.
Naugher ended tournament play with a .333 batting average. He had one double and scored five runs. Pike hit .725 with nine doubles, five triples and 22 runs scored. Included in Tolbert’s .750 average were 10 doubles and a triple. He reached home 22 times. Wilson averaged a team-best .825 while belting 10 doubles, four triples and two home runs. He scored 25 runs.