Trinity beats Piedmont 12-0, claims 3A baseball title
Thu. May 17, 2012 at 9:59 p.m. | By Nick Johnston Sports Writer
Piedmont’s Collin Bradley tags out Trinity’s Trace Johnson during Game 1 of the Class 3A state baseball championship series Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)
MONTGOMERY — The law of averages finally caught up with coach James Blanchard and his Piedmont Bulldogs.
Top-ranked Trinity won the Class 3A state championship Thursday, completing a sweep of Piedmont with a 12-0 six-inning win on a gorgeous afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium.
Trinity (29-13) defeated Piedmont (29-11-1) 5-4 in the first game of the series Wednesday before getting a dominant pitching performance from Allen Wood and timely hitting throughout Game 2.
Ninth-ranked Piedmont did not look like the team that had scored 54 runs and played seemingly flawless defense throughout its first four playoff series. The Bulldogs recorded just two hits and committed five errors against Trinity on Thursday.
“We went through four playoff (series) and were perfect,” Blanchard said. “But in baseball, you stay around it long enough, this is going to happen. I just hate it happened in the big game.”
Trinity got a run in the first, two in the second, five in the fourth and four more in the sixth. But in all reality, one was enough. Wood allowed just two hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter to hold the Bulldogs at bay.
Trinity pounded out 14 hits and did not commit an error en route to the school’s fourth state championship and first since 2000.
“I think we put the pressure on them (early) a little bit,” said Trinity coach Ken Whittle, who was much more pleased with the way his team performed at the plate Thursday than in game one. “Our kids responded today with base hits with two outs and scored some runs that we missed an opportunity with (Wednesday).”
Trinity’s Mark White was named the series MVP. Thursday he went 2 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored. William Stabler went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Will Holland and Chas Mitchell both added two RBI. Every starter in the Wildcat lineup registered a hit.
For Piedmont, only Trevor Ford and Landon Pruitt had hits. Cade Bradley suffered the loss, allowing eight runs — five earned — on 10 hits. He struck out two and walked two.