As a result, Woodland coach Colman Roberts is not overly concerned his team took a 10-2 loss in six innings Tuesday at home to the defending state champions.
“They had a lot of hits. They are good and they have six seniors. That’s six players who have a state ring from last year,” Roberts said of the Bruins. “We like to play good people. That’s going to make us better.”
Northwest Whitfield had 15 hits in the game and got off to a fast start when the first three batters of the game singled, and eventually two runs came around to score in the top of the first inning.
The Lady Wildcats matched the two runs in the bottom of the first. Bridgett Hampton smashed a double to deep left field driving in Ashley Jordan and Bailey Roberts with two outs.
That would be all for Woodland’s offense the rest of the game as the team had one hit over the last five innings of play and four in the game.
“We’ll come back from it, but we definitely need to hit a lot better,” Roberts said. “We need to not just hit, but hit as a team.”
On the other hand, Northwest Whitfield did not have the same offensive deficiency.
The Lady Bruins managed a hit in each of the six innings and even put up two home runs in the last inning to seal the game.
Woodland trailed by a score of 5-2 entering the sixth inning and were still in the game before the offensive outburst by Northwest Whitfield.
In the end, the Lady Wildcats’ opponent was too much in the first game of the season, but Roberts sees some ways his team can improve.
“We had some little things we have to take care of like fly ball communication and drop stepping to get behind the ball,” he said. “We’ve been playing all summer so there’s no excuses. [Northwest Whitfield is] good. We respect them, but we’ll see them again sometime this year. We are in a lot of the same tournaments as them.”
Four out of Woodland’s top five batters in the lineup did record a hit. Jordan and Roberts each had a single in their first at bats and Kereston Franklin added her own in the third inning.
The Lady Wildcats will next take on Cherokee High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cherokee High.