Piedmont blanks Mavs for 5th straight win
Piedmont High's Jonathan Caldwell out-dueled Vic Kuchmaner in the Panthers' 2-0 home win over Marvin Ridge on Monday.
Piedmont has now won five straight since opening the season with a loss to Porter Ridge.
The 2A Panthers have now defeated the top two teams from powerhouse 4A/3A Southern Carolina Conference this season, including a 16-3 win over defending 3A state champion Weddington.
Marvin Ridge (3-2) beat WHS three out of four times last year and the Mavs won the SCC and regular-season titles.
Caldwell, who has signed with Limestone College, also got the win against Weddington and is now 2-0 on the season.
Piedmont scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning on Monday.
Colby Barnette led off the fourth for Piedmont with a single and Hunter Purser was then hit by a pitch. When Hunter Jones drew a walk, it loaded the bases with no outs.
Kuchmaner looked like he might work out of the jam when he induced a 5-4-3 double play, but Nigel Hester followed with a game-winning RBI infield single that scored Purser from third.
Jones also came around to score on a throwing error to give Piedmont a 2-0 lead that would stand.
Caldwell held Marvin Ridge to three hits, including two by Kuchmaner and another by shortstop Derek Smith.
Piedmont's only two hits off Kuchmaner were in the fourth inning.
"I thought both pitches were great and the defense was good behind them," said Piedmont coach Milt Flow. "All in all it was just a great baseball game."
The Panthers have put together back-to-back shutouts after defeating 4A Sun Valley 9-0 on Saturday.
Piedmont will play its sixth game in seven days when Central Academy travels to Unionville for a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday.
NOTES: Piedmont senior catcher Cody Purser picked off two base runners. He threw behind a runner trying to get back to first base to end the fourth inning and gunned down a steal attempt at second base in the sixth. ... Marvin Ridge stranded three runners in the first two innings. The Panthers got out of the second inning with a 6-4-3 double play.