Piedmont softball routs Head-Royce

Piedmont High School’s softball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to wrap up a 10-0 win over Head-Royce on March 21. The Highlanders (2-3) batted around in the inning, with Kyra Gardner ending the game with a two-run single. Caroline Strauch had a two-run double in the inning as well.

Isabelle Epstein winds up

Isabelle Epstein pitched a complete game for the win. The Jayhawks loaded the bases with one out against Epstein in the first inning on a single, an error and a walk, but she shut the door with a pair of strikeouts.

Those two strikeouts started a run of 10 consecutive batters retired by Epstein. She allowed just one hit the rest of the way.

Caitlin Kennedy ready to make a play

The Highlanders scored one in the first but left the bases loaded. Caitlin Kennedy singled in a run in the fourth to make it 2-0. She also put down a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded that scored a run, and was safe at first.

In the fifth, a walk and a single followed by an RBI-single by Rachel Elliott got the inning started. Epstein followed with a run-scoring single of her own. Erin Sturdivant did the same. Strauch then doubled, and Kennedy followed with a base hit and an RBI. Camille Creighton’s single made it 8-0, and Gardner then ended it.

On March 19, the Highlanders fell to Bishop O’Dowd 9-2, as the Dragons scored nine runs in the sixth to erase a 2-0 Piedmont lead. Chiara Lundin had given the Highlanders that lead with a two-run single in the second.

Elizabeth Avery hit a three-run home to key Bishop O’Dowd’s rally.

Photos by Len Gilbert

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