The Piedmont Pride followed a home doubleheader last weekend with two more home games against the Charlotte Galaxy and the SBA Bones on Monday and Wednesday.
SBA Bones topped the standings, while the Galaxy were at the bottom looking up. The Pride knocked off the Galaxy 8-0, but fell to the league-leading Bones 11-5 on Wednesday.
On Monday against the Galaxy, everything was working for the Pride. Position players Jake Hammon and Zach Shank were on the mound and pitched great, allowing just five hits in 7.2 combined innings, while striking out nine and walking three. The Pride scored early, leading 5-0 after three frames and added three more in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
“We didn’t have any big innings but some really good at bats,” said Pride coach Joe Hudak. “We worked the Galaxy’s starting pitcher well, and built a good lead after four innings. You build a 5-0 lead after five, that’s a pretty good lead.”
Wednesday night was a different story as the SBA Bones were in control from the start of their 11-5 victory. The Bones jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, which proved more than enough offense for the visitors. Three times the Pride left runners on base that were in scoring position.
The Pride (8-3) look to rebound with a four-game weekend series against the Lake Norman Copperheads (5-2). The first doubleheader will be played at York Comprehensive High School on Friday night as the Pride finish off this six game home-stand. The series will conclude on the road at Hough High School on Saturday. Both doubleheaders start at 5 pm.