The visiting Rome Wolves actually took an early 1-0 lead Thursday evening at Woodland and the game was tied 2-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Lady Cats took a 3-2 lead in the fifth and added three more runs in the sixth for a 6-2 Region 7-AAAAA win.
Woodland pounded out a dozen hits and took advantage of four Rome miscues, while Lady Cats’ pitchers Madi Bentley and Lainey Baker limited the Wolves to only four hits and four walks.
Baker (3.1 IP, 0R, 1H, 1BB, 5K) picked up the win in relief of Bentley (3.2 IP, 2ER, 3H, 3BB, 1K).
Caroline Higdon (RBI) and Jordan Duck (2 RBI) both had three hits to pace Woodland. Ansley Evans had a pair of hits. Bella Carnes and Morgan Bailey both finished with a walk, one hit ,and one RBI apiece. Hannah Miller and Morgan Cooper both contributed a base hit. Kendyl Hardin added one RBI with a sixth inning sacrifice fly.
Rome falls to 3-12 overall and 0-7 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (8-5, 4-2) will face Adairsville Friday at 5 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Bartow County Championship Tournament at Hamilton Crossing Park. The tournament continues Saturday at Woodland with a third place game at 11 a.m. and championship game at 1 p.m.
CASS 14, PAULDING COUNTY 2
Every time Paulding County scored a run Thursday evening, the Lady Colonels answered with seven of their own in a 14-2 Cass softball win at the Cass Athletic Complex.
The visiting Lady Patriots scored single runs in the first and third innings, but both times Cass scored seven runs in their half of the frame for a four-inning, mercy-rule win.
The Lady Colonels will take it. They had dropped seven straight games entering the contest and picked up their second region victory.
Kylee Hembree (4 IP, 2R, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 2K) went the distance in the circle and was the winning pitcher for Cass. She also paced the Colonels at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance that included a pair of doubles and four RBI.
Hailie Owens followed with two hits and four RBI. Saydee Najarro finished with two hits. Rachael Lee contributed a double and one RBI. Jaden Musacchio added the other Cass hit. Maggie Collum, Haley Smith, and Kimberly Allen each drove in one run.
Eryn Lee walked twice and stole two bases. Allen, Collum, Smith, and Keturah Redding also swiped a base.
Paulding County now has a 3-9 overall record and is 1-5 in region play.
Cass (2-8, 2-4 in Region 7-AAAAA) plays Cartersville Friday at 7 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Bartow County Championship Tournament at Hamilton Crossing Park. The tournament continues Saturday at Woodland with a third place game at 11 a.m. and the finals at 1 p.m.