At Sunday’s meeting to seed the annual Calhoun County baseball tournament, Piedmont got the coaches’ nod for No. 3. As one of the top four seeds, the Bulldogs get a bye into the quarterfinal round of tournament play. If weather permits, and that’s a big “if” at the moment, Piedmont will play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday’s game between No. 6 White Plains and No. 11 Donoho. The tournament is being played at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park.
“It was almost exactly what I expected,” Piedmont head coach Matt Deerman said of the results of the seeding which put Oxford at No. 1 and Alexandria at No. 2. Following Piedmont were No. 4 Jacksonville and No. 5 Pleasant Valley. “I figured us and Alexandria would be up for No. 2 and No. 3. I thought we might get it because we had beaten Westbrook and Westbrook had beaten them but they had some quality wins I thought. No. 2 or No. 3, there’s not a big difference in the two. … I really think No. 2 through No. 6 everybody is really about the same. I don’t think a big difference. All of us are trying to find our identity now.”
At midday Tuesday, Deerman was hoping Piedmont’s field would dry quickly after Tuesday morning’s heavy rain. The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Wellborn Tuesday evening. Hokes Bluff comes to Piedmont on Thursday.
Piedmont traveled to Attalla on Monday and fell to Class 5A Etowah 9-3. The Bulldogs (3-4) scored once in the second inning as Mason Mohon doubled to start the inning and scored on a base hit by Davis Young. Taylor Morrow singled with one away in the fourth and scored on a base hit by Cole Chasteen. Chasteen sent Morrow home again in the sixth inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Morrow on third. Mohon and Young each finished with two hits. Logan Pruitt was the losing pitcher.
Cherokee County came to Piedmont on Saturday and left with a 9-2 win. Morrow had two base hits. T.J. Fairs doubled for Piedmont lone extra-base hit. Mohon, Chasteen, Nick Johnson and Layton New each recorded one single. Morrow started on the mound and took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs in three innings
The Bulldogs traveled to Heflin on Friday and lost an 8-5 decision. Piedmont led most of the game but Cleburne County rallied with six runs in the sixth.
Morrow, Fairs, Johnson and Bailey Graves each had a base hit. Mohon scored two runs. Fairs, Graves and Morrow tallied one run apiece. Chasteen had Piedmont’s only RBI. Graves took the loss in relief. Young started and allowed just two unearned runs in four innings.
On Feb. 27, the Bulldogs defeated Westbrook Christian 4-3 in 10 innings. In the bottom of the tenth, Fairs walked with one away.
Brant Deerman bunted for a base hit. With two down, Morrow walked to load the bases and Johnson walked, scoring Fairs from third with the deciding run. Morrow doubled and singled in four at-bats. Johnson and Chasteen added one base hit apiece. Mohon got the win with six innings for two-hit, one-run relief.