Despite outhitting the Lenoir Oilers twelve to nine at Walker Stadium on Thursday night in Lenoir, North Carolina, The Piedmont Pride Baseball team dropped a tight contest 10-9. With the loss, the Red and Blue move to 16-6 overall, still sitting atop the SCBL standings.
For the second time in as many games, the Pride almost erased a six run deficit late in the game. The Red and Blue plated five runs on four hits in the top half of the eighth inning, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles from Andrew Judkins and Ben Wetenhall. “Our guys showed tremendous heart in this one. We didn’t give up at all and played Pride Baseball until the final out” assistant coach, Dalton Tharp had to say after the game.
Ben Wetenhall continued to stay on fire at the plate for the Pride against Lenoir. The College of Charleston attendee was 3-for-5 with two RBI’s and scored two runs. Since June 17th, Wetenhall has drove in 10 runs while maintaining a .286 batting average.
Andrew Judkins, Ben Wetenhall, Mark Engel, Scottie Lee, and Bradley Davis all drove in runs for the Pride on the night, while seven players in the Red and Blue collected hits.
Four arms were used on the night. Austin Blakely, Dawson Gause, Levi Parker, and Ethan Martinez all recorded 2.0 innings pitched respectively.
The Piedmont Pride will be back in action tomorrow night at York Comprehensive High School for Gym Night as the third place Statesville Owls come into town. The Pride are 2-0 against the owls this season, averaging 13.5 runs a contest.