The Piedmont Pride (7-2) baseball team split a doubleheader and the four-game weekend series with the Carolina Vipers (3-4), Saturday night at York Comprehensive High School.
On Friday night, the Pride split two games on the road against the Vipers. Saturday’s games saw the Vipers take Game One 10-5, and the Pride took game two 9-0, behind Zach English’s no hitter. English went 7 innings with no hits, only two walks, and six strikeouts on 98 pitches.
After the loss in Game One, the Pride bounced back, as English was locked-in from the start. He retired the first 13 batters he faced, and then gave up two straight walks in the fifth inning — those were the only batters to reach base. English regrouped and retired the final eight batters of the game, four of them by strikeout.
After English struck out the final batter, his teammates mobbed him at the mound and gave him a Gatorade bath during his postgame interview.
“Zach English threw a great ballgame, he had good command of all of his pitches, and we are very happy for him,” said Pride coach Joe Hudak. “Everybody was nervous and not saying anything about the no-hitter. I knew about it in the third inning, and I was the one calling the pitches, so I felt like I couldn’t make a mistake. But he executed all of his pitches, and I’m very happy for him.”
Roury Glanton of the Pride, hit a home-run in both games Saturday night. He has now hit a home-run in four of the past six games. Through the first nine games of the season Glanton leads the SCBL in batting average (.538), home-runs (5), and RBI (15).
The Pride look forward to the start of a three game homestand next week, that begins with a matchup June 12 against the Charlotte Galaxy (1-6). For the next three home games, the Pride will be promoting a Triple Play: tickets, hotdogs, and sodas will all be priced at $1.
The Pride play at York Comprehensive High School. First pitch for Monday’s game will be at 7 pm.
Compiled by Jerob Moon, Piedmont Pride Sports Information Director