A two-out, two-RBI, ninth inning double by Hannah Miller helped lift Woodland to a 5-3 win at top-seeded Carrollton Wednesday night as the Lady Cats captured the 2018 Region 7-AAAAA Championship by winning the rubber game of their best-of-three series with the Lady Trojans.
According to Woodland head coach Colman Roberts, the region title is a first in the program's history.
Madi Bentley, who worked all nine innings for Woodland in the circle, gave up a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth, but induced a ground ball out to the right side to end the game and launch the Lady Cats’ region title celebration on the Trojans' field.
Bentley and Carrollton pitcher Olivia Fannin battled one another throughout the night in a game that reached extra innings tied 1-1.
Woodland went ahead 3-1 in the top of the eighth inning, but Carrollton answered to send the game to the ninth with two runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth.
Bentley, Woodland’s Game 2 winner on Tuesday night, scattered eight hits and five walks Wednesday to earn the pitching win. She fanned one and all three runs were earned.
Fannin allowed ten hits and walked seven while striking out nine.
Zahiria Dunson was the only Carrollton player with two hits. Six other Trojans had one hit each.
Miller had three hits including a pair of doubles and four RBI to lead Woodland. Jordan Duck (double, RBI) and Bella Carnes had two hits apiece. Morgan Bailey, Kendyl Hardin, and Skylar Chappell contributed one hit each. Ansley Evans had a sacrifice in the ninth to help set up the Lady Cats’ go-ahead runs.
Carrollton (22-5) will be the 2-seed in the Class AAAAA state tournament and host the 3-seed from Region 6-AAAAA in a best-of-three series between October 9 and October 12.
Woodland (22-7) will be the 1-seed from Region 7-AAAAA and will host the 4-seed from Region 6-AAAAA in a best-of-three series between October 9 and October 12.
CASS ELIMINATED AT REGION TOURNAMENT
The Lady Colonels lost for the second straight night at the Region 7-AAAAA Tournament and had their 2018 season come to a close.
Cass, losers in walk-off fashion Tuesday night to Hiram 7-6, were eliminated by Kell Wednesday evening, 10-2, in six innings.
The Lady Colonels struck for a run in the top of the first and led 1-0, but the Longhorns responded with four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-1 lead.
Cass scored again in the third to narrow the margin to 4-2, but a five-spot by Kell in the fourth and an insurance run in the sixth made it a 10-2 final score.
Mia DeAngelis drove in three runs with a pair of double to pace the Longhorns’ offense. Savannah Markt and Meghan Hamilton added two RBI apiece. Lexie Scarpantonio and Valarie Artigues had two hits each for Kell.
Kaila Carson (RBI), Eryn Lee, and Kelly Young all had two hits each for the Lady Colonels. Rachael Lee drove in a run with a double.
Markt (6 IP, 2ER, 7H, 0BB, 3K) was the Kell winning pitcher with a complete-game effort.
Kylee Hembree (3.1 IP, 7R, 6ER, 8H, 2BB, 2K) and Rachael Lee (2 IP, 3R, 1ER, 2H, 3BB, 2K) split the pitching duties for Cass.
Kell improved to 12-11 with the win and advanced in tournament action.
The Lady Colonels’ season wraps up with a 4-24 mark.
COAHULLA CREEK 9, ADAIRSVILLE 2 Adairsville fell behind early on Wednesday and could not recover in a 9-2 loss to Coahulla Creek at the Region 6-AAA Tournament in Calhoun. The Colts scored five runs in the opening inning en route to a 9-0 lead after three innings. Adairsville scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings for the 9-2 final score. Alexa Varner scored on a wild pitch for the first run, and O'Neal doubled home Havyn Isaac for the second. Chloe Souders finished 2-for-2; Isaac wound up 2-for-4; and O'Neal and Breaana Wilson had a hit apiece for the Tigers. Now eliminated from the Region 6-AAA Tournament, Adairsville’s season concludes with an 8-21 mark.