The young Bulldogs rallied from an early deficit and defeated the Texas representatives 13-12 to keep their national championship hopes alive. Texas was eliminated. The Alabama champs meet North Carolina in another elimination game Monday at 6 p.m.
Batting as the home team, Piedmont trailed 8-1 after Texas scored two runs in the first inning and six in the second. Piedmont knotted the score at 8-all with a seven-run second inning. Omarion Foster drove in the first two runs with a base hit that scored Hayden Young and Jakari Foster. An RBI single by Sloan Smith drove in Slade Haney to make it 8-4. After Omaron Foster scored on an error, Jack Hayes belted a two-run single and Silas Thompson’s base hit drove in the tying run.
Piedmont took the lead for good in the fourth with five more runs. Catcher Steven Raney led off with an infield hit and Smith ran for him. With two down, Cassius Fairs doubled and Chaz Pope walked to load the bases. Young’s single put Piedmont ahead 9-8. Jakari Foster followed with a two-run double. After Noah Reedy walked to load the bases again, Hayes delivered a two-run single to complete Piedmont’s scoring.
The winners touched Texas pitchers for 15 hits and drew five walks. Jakari Foster, Reedy, Hayes, Thompson and Young each had two hits. Foster, Young, Reedy and Smith each scored twice.
Winning pitcher Jakari Foster tossed the first four innings and struck out four. Reedy came on in relief in the fifth with two on and no one out and picked up a save.