The Piedmont Pride (11-4) got back to their winning ways on Friday and Saturday winning three of the four games against the Lake Norman Copperheads (6-7). The Pride jump back to the top of the SCBL standings with a half-game lead over SBA Bones (11-5).
On Friday the Pride took the first game from the Copperheads 13-7, then lost a close second game, 1-0. Tee Dubose led the offensive surge in the first game, hitting a pair of home runs, one of which was a grand slam in the fifth inning. The Pride used a five-run second inning and a seven run-fifth to put the game out of reach. Pitcher Tommy Guglielmello had more than enough run support en route to his first win of the season.
Friday’s second contest was a pitcher’s duel between Zach English and the Copperheads’ Langdon Wilson. English had a great outing but was saddled with the loss, going five strong innings, with four hits, six strikeouts, and the lone run that scored on a wild pitch. The Pride had a chance to win the game with runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but the final batter struck out to end the game.
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On Saturday the Pride traveled to Cornelius and took care of business on the road winning a pair of games 6-1 and 6-2. Cory Conway had a dominant pitching performance in the first game, pitching five innings, giving up two hits, one earned run, one walk, and 11 strikeouts on only 69 pitches. Conway struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced. The Pride offense was led by home runs from Chester’s Jake Wright and Roury Glanton.
“Cory pitched really well, he had great command of his change-up, that’s a pitch he’s been working on. I think he’s got a chance to be very good for us,” Coach Joe Hudak said after the game.
In the second game Saturday, Steven Estep started on the mound for the Pride and gave up two runs in the first inning but regrouped and didn’t allow a run in the remaining four innings pitched. The Pride were aggressive on the base paths, stealing six bases in the second inning alone. Coupled with good hitting the Pride swept the Copperheads on the road to finish the four-game set.