Piedmont baseball splits four in six days

Piedmont's Jack Meyjes prepares to make contact during a baseball game played at the Giants home at Oracle Park. The Highlanders defeated University, 8-1. (Photo by Damin Esper)

The Piedmont High School baseball team got a split when it played four games in six days. The stretch started with an 8-6 win at Arroyo on April 15 in a makeup of a rained out game. The Highlanders started slow, falling behind 3-1 before combining for seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Jack Meyjes had a big game from the No. 9 spot in the order, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Shafer Dando went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Peter Krumins went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Markos Lagios went 1-for-4 with two RBIs – those on a double in the fourth that gave Piedmont the lead for good.

Arroyo pitcher Adrian Ahumada threw two wild pitches during one Jordan Vo at bat to bring home runs in the fifth.

Ellis Moss started for the Highlanders, lasting two innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and no strikeouts. George Bishop got the win, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Dimitri Papahadjopoulos pitched the final inning, allowing a run but getting out of his bases-loaded, one-out jam by getting Marco Carbajal to hit into a game-ending double play.

Piedmont’s Diego Delventhal watches the ball into his glove on a soft line drive on March 23. Delventhal turned the catch into a double play. (Photo by Damin Esper)

Christian Salling went 3-for-5 for the Dons, knocking in one run and scoring another. Christian Darosa went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Daniel Bacarelli took the loss for Arroyo, going the first 3 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits.

On April 17, Piedmont got a 6-2 win at Castro Valley. Papahadjopoulos had a key two-run double in the top of the seventh to put the Highlanders up 6-1. He went 2-for-3 on the day. Krumins also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Vo matched that line as well.

Piedmont’s John Olsen throws a pitch at Oracle Park. The Highlanders beat University 8-1 as part of the Dante Benedetti Classic. (Photo by Damin Esper)

John Olsen went the first six-plus to get the win. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and a walk. Seve Sanchez came on after Olsen started the seventh with that walk. Sanchez finished off the game.

Michael Olsen took the loss, going the first six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out nine, and walking two.

Anthony Mares singled in a run for the Trojans.

The rematch at Piedmont two days later went the other way, as Castro Valley recorded a 6-4 win in nine innings. The Trojans got two runs to break a 4-4 tie. With the bases loaded, Meyjes uncorked a wild pitch to let the go-ahead run across. Diego Mares then knocked in the insurance run on a ground out.

Diego Delventhal singled in the tying run for the Highlanders in the bottom of the sixth. Lagios led off the bottom of the first with a home run and later doubled in a run. He finished 2-for-4. Brandon Dicke went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Piedmont. Meyjes was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Meyjes took the loss, going two innings and allowing the two runs on one hit with a strikeout and four walks. Sanchez started, going five innings and allowing four runs (all unearned) on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Alex Nicol got the win, going the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing no runs on one hit with five strikeouts and no walks. Owen Seidel went the first 5 1/3, allowing four runs and nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

On April 20, host Oakland Tech got four in the first inning en route to an 8-1 victory. Piedmont got just three hits, by Delventhal, Dicke, and Will Parker. The latter drove in the Highlanders’ only run with a pinch-hit single in the sixth.

Sophomore Mike Martin went 3-for-3 for Oakland Tech, driving in two runs. Elias Thompson went the first five-plus for the Bulldogs, getting the win while allowing the one run on two hits with six strikeouts and six walks.

Piedmont is next scheduled to host Bishop O’Dowd on April 24.

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