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Piedmont Defeats Hickory Ridge



Tiffany Walston

Ends Hickory Ridge Winning Streak

In a dramatic turn of events, Hickory Ridge's winning streak came to an end on Thursday as they fell to the Piedmont Panthers with a final score of 5-2.

The game's defining moment came when Jailyn Thomas launched a clutch 2-run home run over the fence, igniting the crowd and fueling the Panthers' momentum. Thomas continued her stellar performance on the mound, pitching a solid 7 innings with an impressive 9 strikeouts, while limiting Hickory Ridge to just two earned runs off six hits.

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Contributing to Piedmont's victory was Sarah Belk (Jr), who had a standout night at the plate, going 3-for-4, scoring 1 run, and driving in 2 RBI, playing a crucial role in securing the win for her team.

Despite the loss, Hickory Ridge's Embler Kristyn put on a commendable display on the mound, pitching six innings and surrendering only two earned runs (along with three unearned runs) off ten hits.

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Looking ahead, Hickory Ridge will have the opportunity to bounce back in front of their home fans as they face Lake Norman at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. On the other hand, Piedmont will hit the road for a challenging matchup against Marvin Ridge at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, setting the stage for more intense baseball action and competitive showdowns.

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