Piedmont’s softball team dropped a heart-breaker at home against Berkeley on March 15, as the Yellowjackets scored four runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 12-10 win.
“Today we saw a glimpse of what’s to be expected from the Highlanders. Good power hitting to the opposite field and a never say die attitude,” said Piedmont head coach Gene Denard. “We are gonna fight until the very end no matter the opponent. I like the direction we are headed in, we just need more games to put it all together. “
The Highlanders showed power, hitting four home runs in the game. Freshman catcher Chiara Lundin hit her first bomb of the season, and finished 4 for 4. Kyra Gardner had two home runs, one in the 1st and another in the 5th. Camille Creighton also homered in the 5th. The Yellowjackets hit two home runs of their own, a solo shot by Milan Machado-Buckley and a 3-run blast from A. Davenport.
The Highlanders held a 9-8 lead entering the seventh, but Machado-Buckley led off with a home run to tie the score. Abigail Kaneko followed with a double, and a pair of walks to Madeline Kaneko and Czar Fleischman loaded the bases. Nayezca Guzman Jubb then hit a sacrifice fly to put the Yellowjackets ahead. Berkeley added two more to make it 12-9.
The Highlanders got the first two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, with Lundin singling and Rachel Elliott drawing a walk. Lundin scored on a force out by Caroline Strauch, but Kylie Heller hit into a force play to end the game.
Piedmont is now 1-2 overall, and 0-1 in the West Alameda County Foothill League. Berkeley improved to 4-0 overall, and 2-0 in the West Alameda County Foothill League.
The Highlanders have a busy week ahead, with games Tuesday night, 3/19, against Bishop O’Dowd at 7pm at the Castro Valley Rec Center; Friday, 3/22, vs. Arroyo at 4pm at the Witter Softball Field; and Saturday vs St Josephs at 11am, also at Witter.
Photos by Len Gilbert