Woodland baseball built a lead with a five-run third inning Wednesday night and held on for a 9-4 Region 7-AAAAA victory at home over Hiram. The Wildcats went up 6-1 in the third frame and added on two runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth inning to build a 9-1 advantage.
The Hornets scored a run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Woodland lead. Woodland starting pitcher Koby Stansel (5 IP, 1ER, 5H, 3BB, 2K, photo) picked up the win. Zach Wilson (1.1 IP, 3R, 2ER, 2H, 4BB, 2K) entered in the sixth and worked into the seventh inning before Scotty Smith (0.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 2K) retired the game’s final two outs with strikeouts. Bailey Ward had three hits for the Wildcats. Dallas Adams finished with a pair of hits including a double and four RBIs. Peyton Posey had two hits and one RBI. Stansell (triple, RBI), Taylor Elrod (RBI), and Wilson had the other Woodland hits. Marco Haro added a sacrifice fly and finished with two RBIs. Hiram (0-9, 0-5) remains winless on the season
Woodland (4-7, 2-3) travels to Hiram Thursday at 5:55 p.m. for the conclusion of the home-and-home region series.