The MC baseball team faced-off against Piedmont College in a three game series from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26. The Scots took home two wins during the series, losing only the game on Feb. 25.
Piedmont College, home of the Lions, is located in North Georgia. Currently, their win/loss record is at 7-3. Last year, their record was held at 21-19.
“Piedmont is usually a very clean baseball team, meaning their defense doesn’t make errors and their offense is really good at executing in big situations during the game” said Andrew (Drew) Henry.
According to the school’s athletic website, mcscots.com, the Pitcher of the Week, Evan Heffner, had much to do with the win over Piedmont on Friday. Bryce Redaja ran home in the second inning. Logan Hayes and Henry both reached home base during the third inning. Piedmont’s Tyler Burdette scored their only point during the fourth inning.
“With a team like Piedmont, we focused on defense and situational hitting because we knew that runs were going to be a premium; therefore, we focused on keeping Piedmont off the scoreboard as much as possible and executing offensively when able,” said Henry.
Saturday’s game, Feb. 25, ended with a loss for Maryville, with a score of 10-1. However, Maryville won their last game against Piedmont on Sunday, Feb. 26 with a score of 7-4. Henry scored in both the first and sixth inning. Johnny Carpenter scored in the fourth inning and Hayes scored in the fifth inning.
“Aside from winning, usually playing the “Maryville” brand of baseball in games is a huge focus,” said Henry. “My teammates and I don’t want to get away from what we put emphasis on during practice, for instance keeping the double play in order for our pitchers and executing with runners on 3rd with less than 2 outs.”
“At the end of this series I think we learned what our strengths are as a team and as an individual, and we should continue to play to our strengths,” said Redaja.