New drill helps Woodland to 4th region win
by Jason Greenberg
Aug 30, 2013 | 606 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s hard to tell for sure, but Woodland softball coach Colman Roberts believes a simple drill in practice may be the difference between winning and losing for his Lady Wildcats.

Roberts feels a drill called “War Games” gave his team the confidence it needed to beat Paulding County Thursday at Woodland by a score of 9-1 to move to 4-0 in its region.

“I think it helped us a lot,” Roberts said. “The girls talked about how much it helped. The big thing is they have a lot more confidence.”

Roberts learned the drill from former Woodland baseball coach Eric Bishop, now Adairsville’s head football coach.

“War Games” involves putting the team into seven different situations and then playing live in that situation.

Roberts has been trying to get his players to understand situational hitting since the beginning of the year.

“We had a lot of kids hitting behind runners with two strikes with runners on second and third. That’s stuff I’ve been talking to them about all season,” Roberts said. “Maybe that drill helped.”

Brooke Rogers was outstanding again for Woodland. She had three RBIs on three hits. She also turned in another good performance in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just three hits.

“Brooke pitched well for us,” Roberts said. “It’s a big win for us. [Paulding County] has a couple of good players.”

Bridgett Hampton and Kereston Franklin also had two hits each in the game.

“I told them after the game, I thought we did well. I’m proud of them.”

Ashley Jordan, Bailey Roberts and Darby Cagle also added hits for Woodland.

The team looks to make it five stright wins in its region Tuesday when it travels to New Manchester.

Defensive miscues cost Cass

It is rare that a team has four errors in a game and goes on to win.

That is what the Cass High softball team tried to do Thursday and were unsuccessful in a home game against Pickens as they fell by a score of 7-3, falling to 0-2 in the region.

“We had two or three misplayed balls in the outfield that really hurt early,” Cass head coach Greg Hight said. “Thats been a struggle of ours all year. We’re trying to find the right ones to put out there.”

The Colonels made four errors, but had a few more defensive plays that could have been made and were not.

If those plays were made, pitcher Courtney Bailey’s statistics would look better.

“You want those fly balls caught. A pitcher doesn’t want to throw to a hitter she doesn’t have to,” Hight said. “It’s not her job to strike out all three batters every inning. We have to get better behind her.”

Meanwhile, Pickens made some nice plays in the field. A line drive off the bat of Kelsey Holloway was snagged in a great play by Pickens’ pitcher.

“We did a good job of putting the ball in play, but there was that line drive hit back at the pitcher’s head and she catches it,” Hight said. “And the shortstop made several good plays.”

Holloway had two hits in the game, as did Hanna Kirkpatrick.

All in all, the team had nine hits, but was unable to string them together to match Pickens.

The Lady Colonels are now 4-10 with plenty of time in the season to get back on track.

“I thought we should have beat that bunch there and we didn’t do it,” Hight said. “We’re halfway through our season now and just getting into region play.These are the games that matter. We just have to get up off the ground and get back to it.”

Hight’s team will take on Gilmer at home Tuesday.