Homers by Kendyl Hardin and Morgan Cooper, combined with some Kell defensive miscues, made for a big region road win Monday for the Woodland High softball team.
The Wildcats doubled up the Longhorns by a score of 10-5 to move to 10-10 overall and 7-4 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Seven of Woodland’s 10 runs were unearned against Kell pitchers, including the first two runs in the top of the third inning. Cassie Jones singled and scored on an error, while Kailey Baker reached on an error and scored on an Allyssa Motes single.
Kell responded with two runs in the bottom of the third. However, in the top of the fourth, Woodland took the lead for good with a five-run rally. Hardin and Cooper hit back-to-back homers to lead off. Another error and a single by Morgan Bailey brought home the other runs for the Wildcats, giving them a 7-2 lead.
Kell again responded with three runs in the fifth, but Woodland regained its breathing room in the sixth with three runs of its own. In that sixth, Baker led off with a double and scored on an error. Another run came home on a sac fly from Ansley Evans, and a final run touched home on Hardin’s double to close out the scoring.
Hardin went 2-for-2 in the game with two RBI extra-base hits, while six other Wildcats had one hit. In the circle, Lainey Baker went seven innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
Up next for the Wildcats is a big region and intracounty rivalry game against Cass at home today.