John Hood struck out 11, scattered three hits over five innings and walked two in helping pave the way for the Wildcats’ region victory.
“We came out very focused for sure,” Woodland coach Corey Gochee said. “We had a good answer back after giving up a run in the first inning. We’ve been playing in a lot of tight ballgames. It was good to jump out and put a lot of runs up early ... and then continue to put runs up.”
The Patriots had scored an unearned run in the top of the first and briefly held the lead.
In Woodland’s part of the first, Mason Robinson drew a base on balls to start things and scored when Camden McGill hit a triple, knotting the score at 1-all.
Chris Cuzzort and Tyler Stringer both then reached on errors and Luke Patterson emptied the bases with a grand slam to give Woodland a 5-1 lead. Two more runs would cross the plate before the inning closed.
Woodland added a run in the third, two in the fourth and its final run in the sixth, closing scoring.
Shouldering the offensive load for Woodland were Robinson, who was 1-for-1 with three walks; McGill, 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs; Patterson, 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs; Hunter Siniard, 1-for-3 with a single; Blake Hall, 1-for-3 with an RBI; and Josh Bruce, 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Gochee said the Wildcats kept pounding away with the lumber even after they took a comfortable lead and that is a good sign for Woodland.
He also praised the efforts of Robinson, the team’s leadoff batter, in coaxing three walks in the game and keeping the pitcher out on the mound. “Mason’s first at-bat, he drew eight pitches. He tends to do that a lot, get deep in the pitch count.”
He said Hood had a good outing.
“John threw five innings and was well within his pitch count,” the coach said. “He did a very good job of trying to pitch to contact, getting them to hit early in the pitch count. He did that a lot and when they put it into play, we made the play.”
Gochee said the players stayed on top of their game.
“Tonight it could have gone the other way because it was pretty slick out there,” he said. “I’m glad we were able to overcome the rain and able to stay on top of things and make good plays.”
The win improved Woodland’s overall record to 10-7. The Wildcats are 6-5 in Region 5-AAAAA.
They are scheduled to return to the diamond on Friday, when they entertain Hiram.
Paulding County fell to 7-9 overall and is 2-8 in the region.
Woodland had lost to Paulding County 9-1 on March 8, the last time they met.