Piedmont softball closes out regular season

Piedmont 2023 Softball

Piedmont High School’s softball team finished off a long regular season with a 4-11-1 record. The Highlanders dropped their last three games after pulling out a thrilling 16-15 win over Berkeley at home on April 26.

In that win, the Highlanders scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Miya Fujimoto doubled in Mia Leggett and Caitlin Boothby to win the game. Piedmont had scored two more runs in the inning on bases loaded walks.

Miya Fujimoto (pitching) and Hailey Ronin (background)

It was a wild game, with both teams scoring five runs in the third and the Highlanders putting together a six run fifth. Fujimoto went 2-for-2 with four runs scored and three RBI at the plate, as well as pitching a complete game. Leah Bell went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Gretchen Gerhardy was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI. Leggett was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Hailey Ronen was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Sa’mara Levi was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Oona Capristo had three hits and two RBI for Berkeley. Melody Castro was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Yellowjackets.

On April 19, Piedmont beat visiting St. Joseph-Notre Dame, 9-3. Bell went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Her three-run homer in the bottom of the first started the scoring, leading to a five-run inning as the Highlanders never trailed.

Fujimoto threw a complete game, allwoing three runs (two earned) on five hits with 11 strikeouts and just one walk. Kira Johnson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI for the Pilots.

Piedmont forfeited a game against Alameda on April 21. On April 24, the Highlanders lost 23-4 at home to Castro Valley. Bell went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI for Piedmont. Levi was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Kyndal Todd was 3-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored and five RBI for the Trojans. Giselle De Casas also hit two homers, scoring three runs with five RBI. Katrina Longoria was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI for the winners.

Fujimoto again went the distance.

On April 28, Castro Valley recorded a 7-1 victory over the visiting Highlanders. Morgan Hunt went 2-for-3 for Piedmont, knocking in the lone run. Todd went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI for the Trojans.

On May 5, visiting Bishop O’Dowd recorded an 18-5 win. Levi went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI for Piedmont. Leggett had the only other hit for the Highlanders. Jaella Ann Mercado went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI for the Dragons. Morgan Jackson and Tulip Barnes each hit a home run for Bishop O’Dowd.

On May 8, Arroyo won a makeup of an earlier rainout at home, 10-0. Ariana Rocha allowed just three hits and struck out eight for the Dons. Fujimoto went the distance on the mound and went 2-for-3 at the plate for Piedmont.

Next up is the West Alameda County Conference tournament beginning May 9.

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