HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Woodland softball extends state playoff streak to 5 years

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Posted 9/16/20

The Woodland softball team will once again be playing in the postseason. For the fifth straight year, the Wildcats have qualified for the Class 5A state playoffs, extending their own school record …

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Woodland softball extends state playoff streak to 5 years

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The Woodland softball team will once again be playing in the postseason. For the fifth straight year, the Wildcats have qualified for the Class 5A state playoffs, extending their own school-record run.

Woodland punched its ticket with a 6-0 road win over Blessed Trinity Tuesday in Roswell. Lainey Baker tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Wildcats.

With an 8-3 mark in Region 7-AAAAA, Woodland (14-6 overall) holds a half-game lead over Cass, which also qualified for state with its own victory Tuesday, for second in the league. Calhoun sits atop the region and will likely finish there, barring a complete collapse.

That would leave Woodland and Cass to fight for second place. The region runner-up will secure a home playoff series in the first round of state. Blessed Trinity is left to battle Cartersville, which the Titans play in a doubleheader Thursday, for the fourth and final playoff spot.

In Tuesday's contest, Michiah Hicks led the Woodland offense, finishing 4-for-4 with two doubles, two steals, two runs scored and an RBI. The junior is now hitting .493 on the season. Ansley Evans reached in three of her four plate appearances. She scored three times and drove in one run. Hannah Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Baker made sure that was more than enough offensive support. The junior limited Blessed Trinity to three hits, a walk and a hit batsman. She struck out 10, giving her 121 punchouts in 86 2/3 innings.

Woodland scored two runs apiece in the second and sixth innings, and the Wildcats added single tallies in the first and fourth frames.

Next up for Woodland is a region doubleheader Thursday at Hiram.

Coahulla Creek 6, Adairsville 0

In the first matchup of the season between Adairsville and Coahulla Creek, the Tigers got no-hit but still managed to gut out a 1-0 win. In Tuesday's rematch, the Colts didn't let giving up three hits keep them from getting revenge.

Coahulla Creek scored in every inning but the fifth of its 6-0 win. Aside from a two-run second inning, the Colts were limited to single runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth frames, allowing the Tigers to remain in the game.

Victoria O'Neal and Taylor Rhoades each pitched three innings. The senior duo combined to allow six hits and strike out 10.

Sadye Johnson paced the Tigers on offense, singling once, drawing a walk and stealing a base. Chloe Souders and Chelsea Bates had the other hits for Adairsville.

The Tigers, now 10-7 overall and 4-6 in Region 6-AAA, are scheduled to host Rockmart Thursday.