After a successful run to the Delaware State Championship, the Piedmont Hornets U14 Baseball squad’s season ended in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional to the Northern New Jersey team, Mount Olive.
After taking the Delaware championship, the Hornets moved on to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Despite coming up short of a regional championship, pitching coach Frank Bailor couldn’t be more proud of the team’s efforts.
“Obviously, it’s a great accomplishment to make it this far,” said Bailor. “It’s a great, competitive group of kids and it’s was an honor to go up there and compete against high caliber competition.”
Piedmont went 1-3 overall in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. The team opened the tournament with a close 4-2 loss to Eastern New York, followed by another two-run loss to Western New York, 11-9, in the second game of the tournament. The Piedmont team representing Delaware bounced back with a 14-2 win over Southern New Jersey before closing out the tournament with an 8-5 loss to Pennsylvania.
The experience for the boys from the Piedmont Hornets will last a lifetime, and the hope is to keep the same team together come next season.
“We really just gelled together and each kid knew their role,” said Bailor. “It’s a shame we lost out, if we would have won we’d be flying out to the World Series in Florida next week, but we’re hoping to have the same team together for next season.”
Even though their World Series dreams have vanished, Manager Chad Pisorchik and the rest of the staff are proud of the team’s progression throughout the year.
“For the most part, the kids have come from other local middle schools and some will be playing their freshman years at Delaware Military Academy, St. Mark’s, or Sallies,” said Bailor. “We started practice in the winter and worked all the way through to get to where we are and I believe we had a great season, from long days at the cages to playing a lot down-state at Sports at the Beach, they worked extremely hard.”
Bailor had great advice moving forward for the team, as they strive to get better individually and as a team when the time comes to return to the diamond next spring.
“It’s continuing to practice hard, and work on repetition,” said Bailor. “The experience at regionals was invaluable, and we came up short but I told them if you want to get better you have to play teams better than you to get there.”