Interview with Richard de la Cruz and Bryce Hensor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y53wfPNzZH4
The Piedmont Pride came back from a four run deficit to defeat the Charlotte Prospects, 14-5 in the first round of the SCBL playoffs Sunday night at York Comprehensive High School. Entering the bottom of the 5th, the Red and Blue trailed 5-1. The Pride would come back to score 13 unanswered runs to take the victory.
The Pride took the early lead in the second inning off a Robert Satcher Jr. double scored Abraham Mow from first. The Prospects would answer in the top of the third to tie the game up at one apiece.
The Prospects would score one more in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.
The Pride would answer back with three of their own to cut into the lead, 5-4. The inning was capped off with the Red and Blue scoring two runs on an error made by the Prospects short stop.
The Pride would take the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning on a two RBI single from Bryce Hensor and never look back.
A seven run 8th inning added all the insurance runs The Pride would need as Nolan Wilson came in to pitch the 8th and 9th innings shutting down the Prospects, not allowing a hit.
John Bakke earned his first win of the summer, as he threw for 2.2 innings, allowing only one hit, and striking out four opposing batters.
Richard de la Cruz went four for four on the night with a walk and a double, driving in two. Bryce Hensor had himself a night as well at the plate going two for three with three runs batted in. Kale Rhame continues to swing a hot stick, going three for five with two runs batted in.
The Pride will take tomorrow off and await the winner of the Concord Athletics and Lenoir Oilers game that was rained out tonight, July 22nd. The Pride will have home field advantage once again on Tuesday, July 25th.