Piedmont Pride hits all-star break in good shape

After six weeks of baseball the Piedmont Pride, the Rock Hill based Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL) team, leads the league with a 26-7 record going into this weekend’s all-star break.

In their inaugural season last year, the Pride won the SCBL regular season. This year’s squad, led by coach Joe Hudak, is following a similar path. While the teams are drastically different – the Pride only returned two players from last year’s team – both Pride teams have dominated the SCBL.

This weekend the SCBL will take an all-star break and send 30 players to Atlanta to play in a round-robin tournament against the Sunbelt and Florida summer league All-Star teams. Because Hudak coached the Pride atop the regular season last summer, he punched a ticket to coach the all-star team in Atlanta.

On this year’s all-star roster the Pride are well-represented, filling eight of the 30 spots available along with their coach. The Pride are sending pitchers Willis Dobison, Jason Goe, and Connor Pate, catcher Bailey Montoya, infielders Caleb Robinson, Jonathan Embry, and Chandler Redmond, and outfielder Derek Henry to Atlanta.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Dobison. “I was pretty surprised, I’m excited to go.”

Dobison, a right-handed reliever for the Pride, has a 1.15 ERA and a record of 3-0.

“I thought I had a great start to the year and I was able to back it up pretty well,” said Goe in response to his all-star bid.

What won Goe a roster spot?

“The ability to keep throwing strikes the whole time, not lose track of that and to stay in the zone,” he said.

In his six starts this season, Goe has a 2.28 ERA and a 5-1 record.

“I think all-stars are a great way to reward players who have preformed well,” said Hudak. “I’m certainly pleased with the eight Pride players who made the team. They certainly deserve the recognition.”

After the break, the Pride will be back in action at Concord (N.C.) High School on July 14 in a double header against the Concord Weavers beginning at 5 p.m.