HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Matching 10-run innings send Woodland to pair of tourney wins

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Posted 8/29/20

The Woodland softball team scored 10 runs in its first inning of Friday's doubleheader, and the Wildcats put up another 10-spot in what proved to be their final frame of the evening. Those singular …

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Matching 10-run innings send Woodland to pair of tourney wins

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The Woodland softball team scored 10 runs in its first inning of Friday's doubleheader, and the Wildcats put up another 10-spot in what proved to be their final frame of the evening.

Those singular innings were more than enough to back up the pitching performances of Lainey Baker and Cassie Jones, respectively, as Woodland cruised past Marietta, 16-0 in three innings, and pulled away from Campbell, 13-3 in five.

With the run-rule victories at Twins Creek Park in Woodstock, the Wildcats start off 2-0 in the annual Buccaneer Bash tournament.

In Friday's opener, Baker had a double-digit cushion before she ever toed the rubber. The junior faced 11 batters, and she struck out eight of them. Marietta's leadoff hitter led off the bottom of the first with a single and walked in the third to account for the only baserunners allowed.

Woodland (8-2) used two doubles, six singles, three walks. and a pair of Marietta errors to rack up 10 runs in the top of the first. The Blue Devils changed pitchers with two outs in the frame, and the Wildcats were made to work a little harder for their runs moving forward.

Even still, Woodland scored a pair of runs in the second and four in the third en route to compiling 14 hits in the shortened game.

The Wildcats looked set to dominate the Spartans after scoring a trio of first-inning runs, thanks in part to a pair of errors. However, Campbell scratched across a run in the home half of the frame and kept Woodland off the board over the next three innings.

The floodgates reopened in the fifth, as the Wildcats strung together six consecutive singles followed by a double to begin the inning. Following some more sloppy play from the Spartans, Michiah Hicks put the final touches on the offensive explosion with a two-run double — her third hit of the game and second of the inning.

Hicks led the Woodland offense during its impressive day. The junior put up nearly identical lines in both wins, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored in each. The only difference was that she drove in two runs against Marietta and four versus Campbell.

Cambrie Carrington, likewise, had a great evening at the plate, finishing a combined 3-for-5 with five runs scored and an RBI. Kailey Baker went 4-for-6 with three RBIs. 

Against the Blue Devils, Ansley Evans went 1-for-1 with three walks, three runs scored and two RBIs from her leadoff spot. In the same game, Jessica Ryan collected two hits, and Morgan Cooper drove in a team-high four runs.

Woodland should face stiffer tournament competition Saturday, when it matches up with Creekview and Harrison at Adams Park in Kennesaw.

North Forsyth 7, Cartersville 2

Facing a Class 7A program coming off a trip to Columbus, Cartersville sophomore Kiley Arnold did her part in the circle to keep the Canes competitive.

Unfortunately, her defense committed six errors, leading to five unearned runs, as Cartersville fell to North Forsyth by a 7-2 final score Friday at Twin Creeks Park in Woodstock.

The Raiders took a 5-0 lead with two runs in the second and three in the third. The Canes, though, pulled within 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning.

A walk, a single and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Cartersville (2-10) with nobody out. Campbell Rogers followed with a single to score McKinley Chada. A walk to Anna Kate McElhaney forced home another run, but North Forsyth turned a key double play to get out of the inning.

Things got worse for the Canes in the bottom of the frame. After two quick outs, consecutive errors allowed the Raiders to get those two runs back.

McElhaney paced the Cartersville attack, finishing 1-for-2 with the aforementioned walk and RBI. Rogers, Mikey Lewis and Maggie Pruitt each had one hit for the Canes.

Cartersville will have two chances to bounce back Saturday at East Paulding, where the Canes will face Campbell (9:30 a.m.) and the hosts (1:30 p.m.) in tournament action.