The Woodland baseball team nearly squandered an 8-0 lead but held on for a much-needed 8-6 victory over Sonoraville at home Saturday.
A lone run in the first, three in the third and four in the fourth had the Wildcats (7-6) in position to cruise to a victory after having fallen to the Phoenix and Bartow County foe Adairsville earlier in the week.
But Sonoraville (4-3) did not go down without a fight.
After scratching across one run in the sixth against Woodland starting pitcher Ben Ammons, who has pitched phenomenally his last two times out, the Phoenix rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh before the Wildcats escaped.
Ammons pitched six innings, allowing just the one run while striking out six. In his most recent start, the junior right-hander went the distance in a complete-game shutout of Rockmart on Monday.
Saturday, Ammons helped his own cause with a game-high three RBIs.
Dylan Webb had a stellar offensive day, too. The senior outfielder had two hits and drove in two runs.
Woodland's bats finally came alive, pounding out 10 hits after Sonoraville limited them to two in a 1-0, 10-inning loss Tuesday and Adairsville senior Kyler Pelfrey allowed just a pair of knocks in the Wildcats' 3-1 defeat Thursday.
Woodland has one more non-region game (at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday at home versus Pickens) before opening Region 7-AAAAA play with a home contest against rival Cass next Friday.