Barnette's double lifts Piedmont to 13th straight win
Piedmont High's baseball team won its 13th straight game in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.
The Panthers struggled at the plate most of the night, but came through in the clutch to pull out a 2-1 win over Central Cabarrus in the semifinals of the Griffin-Toxey Classic.
Senior Colby Barnette roped a walk-off double just inside the left field line that scored John Elwood from second base with the winning run.
The Panthers had just four hits on the night — including a two-out RBI single up the middle by Cody Purser that scored Nigel Hester in the second inning and Austin Harding's single to center in the fifth.
The Vikings (6-6) also had four hits, but none after the fourth inning. Their run in the sixth was the result of two Piedmont errors.
Barnette, who has signed with UNC Chapel Hill, started on the mound and scattered four hits over six innings.
Cameron Price pitched the seventh and got the win. The Panthers have now held nine of their 14 opponents to one run or less, including five shutouts. Piedmont (13-1) will face Porter Ridge (10-3) in Wednesday night's title game. The Pirates are on an eight-game winning streak that includes a 3-1 victory over Sun Valley in Tuesday's other semifinal.