Pitchers from Woodland and Sonoraville were dominant Tuesday night, but the Phoenix escaped with a 1-0 non-region win over the visiting Wildcats in ten innings.
The loss spoiled an outstanding pitching performance by Woodland’s Koby Stansel who tossed eight shutout innings while scattering five hits and three walks. Stansel struck out seven.
Peyton Posey (1.1 IP, 1ER, 2H, 1BB) suffered the pitching loss in relief.
Trent Walker picked up the pitching win for the Phoenix by working the ninth and tenth innings. He allowed one hit. Sonoraville starter Wyatt Castoe went five innings and struck out seven. Gage Soulis fanned six in two and two-thirds innings and Collin Bridges retired the only batter he faced in the eighth as the four Phoenix pitchers combined on the two-hit shutout.
Both teams loaded the bases in the eighth inning with two outs, but neither could push across a game-winning run.
Sonoraville totaled seven hits in the game, including back-to-back by Grant Hegwood and Castoe in the final frame. The ground ball single by Castoe was good for a walk-off RBI.
Woodland managed only two hits in the game. Chris Mills singled in the second inning and Bailey Ward singled in the ninth. The Wildcats went down in order in five innings.
Hegwood and Castoe finished with two hits each for Sonoraville. Chase Kirby, Gavin Phillips, and Avery Hopper had the other Phoenix hits.
Sonoraville improved to 2-2 with the win.
Woodland (6-5) will look to bounce back Thursday at Adairsville at 5:30 p.m.