Down three runs, Piedmont storms back for 5-3 win and repeats as 5A state champion

Wildcats earn second straight title and third in the past four seasons

OKLAHOMA CITY – When coach Keith Coleman starts to reel off the qualities that make his Piedmont fast pitch softball team special, it takes a while before he gets to any of their softball abilities.

For him, it’s the intangibles that make the Wildcats dangerous.

It was those intangibles that were on display when they took on Coweta in the 5A state championship game. After falling down by three runs, the Wildcats stormed back to earn a 5-3 victory and a second straight title and third in four years.

“We have kids that are super tough,” Coleman said. “Our kids are tough, they know how to fight, they know how to win, they know how to never give in. That’s how that happens.”

Trailing by a run in the top of the sixth inning and two outs already on the board, the Wildcats’ Peyton Gray doubled home a run to knot the game at 3-3.

Despite Piedmont still having two runners on base, Coweta still had an opportunity to get out of the inning without too much damage being done.

It looked like the Tigers did their job when Aubrey Pyle hit a grounder to the shortstop. However, the throw to first got away from Dasai Mason and Pyle, who was hustling down the line, legged it out and was called safe in the biggest play of her career.

“I knew I had to do it for my team and I knew I could,” Pyle said. “I am the slowest person on the team and I was going, don’t mess this up.”