Piedmont beats Cavs for 11th straight win
Piedmont High took over sole possession of first place in the Rocky River Conference with a 3-1 home win over rival Cuthbertson High on Tuesday.
The Panthers have won 11 games in a row to improve to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the league. The Cavaliers, defending champs in the conference, fell to 5-1 in the RRC.
"We were wanting today bad," said Piedmont coach Milt Flow. "This puts us in the driver's seat in the conference, being one up on them. They've owned us lately. It's good to get a win against them."
After splitting the first four meetings in 2010, Cuthbertson's first year of baseball, the Cavs won six of the next seven games against Piedmont.
The Panthers got on the board in the first inning, with John Elwood scoring on an infield hit by Hunter Jones.
Piedmont took a 3-0 lead in the second inning with a two-out rally. Corey Sikes started it by drawing a walk, and Elwood followed with an infield single.
Center fielder Cameron Price then delivered the hit of the game, lining a two-RBI triple into the left-center gap that bounced off the fence.
Price slid face first, barely beating the throw at third. "I got a lot of sand in my mouth," he said.
Price is now 10-of-14 with two home runs, two triples and four doubles over the last four games.
"Cameron had another timely hit for us," Flow said. "He's staying hot. He's had a pretty incredible four-game stretch."
Price is batting .436 this season, and 10 of his 17 hits have been for extra bases.
"I've got the mentality that this is my last year and I'm going to leave it all out there," Price said. "We've got a good squad. I love playing with these guys."
Sikes, a junior lefty, started on the mound and improved his record to 3-0. Price came in from the outfield to relieve him in the fifth and earned the save.
"Corey pitched well, I was pleased with him," Flow said. "He got a little tired so we brought Cameron in and he slammed the door."
Sikes worked out of three jams with a runner on third base and nobody out.
"When he's in a tight situation he doesn't crumble a lot," Price said of Sikes. "He's got a lot of junk, too."
Piedmont is at home on Thursday against North Stanly.