Baseball: Panthers top Piedmont 3-1 to end losing skid
LaGrange pushed across two runs in the eighth inning to down Piedmont 3-1 in a GSAC game Saturday in Williamson Stadium at Cleaveland Field. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Panthers, now 14-23 overall and 5-6 in conference play.
Doug Scherer (5-4) threw a complete game four-hitter to lead the Panthers. Scherer allowed only the one run, walked two and struck out six.
Caleb Cochran (6-5) took the loss for Piedmont (24-15, 5-6 GSAC). Cochran gave up three runs in seven innings. He surrendered seven hits, walked one and struck out two.
Scherer did not allow a hit through four innings. Kevin D'Antignac's grounder found a hole on the left side for the Lions' first hit to lead off the fifth inning. After walking Kevin Nunez with two outs, Scherer got James Moyer to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
The Lions broke up the scoreless game in the sixth inning. With two outs, Curtis Cornett and Tucker Ehmig had back-to-back base hits. Cornett came all the way around from second to score when Scherer's pitch bounced away from catcher Kyle Nerbonne to put the Lions up 1-0.
The Panthers answered in their half of the sixth. Josh Shiver coaxed a walk off Cochran with one out and moved up to second as David Miller grounded out. Cody Muren followed with a double down the left field line, scoring Shiver and tying the game 1-1.
The Panthers chased Cochran from the game in the eighth inning. Evin Eichelberger doubled to left to lead off the inning and Shiver bunted his way on to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Ed Cook relieved Cochran after Shiver's hit. Shiver stole second and Miller greeted the Lions' relief ace with an opposite field line drive to right to score Eichelberger with the go-ahead run. Muren then hit a deep fly to left center as Shiver scored to put the Panthers up 3-1 heading to the ninth inning.
Scherer retired the Lions in order in the ninth to nail down the complete game win for the Panthers. It was Scherer's team-leading third complete game of the season.
The Panthers had eight hits in the game. Miller was 3-for-4 with the RBI. Eichelberger and Muren's doubles were the only extra base hits in the game.
The two teams will conclude their weekend series Sunday at 2 p.m. It will be Senior Day for Miller, the Panthers' lone senior this season.