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Woodland wins back-and-forth region matchup with Cass, 17-11

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If you enjoy lots of scoring and offense, then Woodland’s Region 7-AAAAA home softball victory over Cass Tuesday night was the place to be.

Woodland defeated Cass 17-11 in a back-and-forth matchup that lit up the scoreboard.

Cass took a 5-0 lead early, but the Lady Cats scored 17 runs over the next three innings to take a lead the Lady Colonels could not overcome.

Cass out hit Woodland 17 to eight, but the Lady Colonels committed four errors and Cass pitchers issued ten walks and hit five batters.

In the Lady Cats' seven run bottom of the second inning, Caroline Higdon doubled to get things started. Brittney Cox moved Higdon to third with a bunt single. Skylar Chappell and Sarah Baynardd reached on back-to-back outfield errors that plated three more runs. Jamison Kilgo reached on a fielder’s choice and Audrey Morris followed with a bunt single. Bella Carnes drove home Jamison Kilgo and Audrey Morris with a two-run triple. Canes then scored on a wild pitch. Madgie Robinson walked to continue the frame and she scored on a Jordan Duck RBI double that gave Woodland its first lead at 7-5.

Woodland pushed the lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the third inning.

Cox singled, Baynard walked, and Kilgo was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Lady Cats. After a force out at the plate on a grounder, Bella Carnes drew a base on balls to force in a run. Robinson then bunted to reach on an error that forced in another run.

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Cass narrowed the margin to 9-7 in the top of the fourth inning.

Hope Elrod and Sarah Fox singled in the inning and Arianna Mustin drove them in with a two-run RBI double.

Woodland answered again with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 17-7.

Higdon and Robinson had RBI singles in the frame. Kilgo and Duck picked up RBIs with walks. There were three hit batsmen and another walk in the frame plus three more runs scored when Cox reached on an infield miscue.

Cass scored four runs in the top of the fifth, narrowing the Lady Cats’ lead to 17-11.

Brittnee Mayer, Elrod, and Fox singled to load the bases. Mustin drew a bases loaded walk to force home a run. Moore added a two-RBI single and Alexia Najarro contributed an RBI single.

Following all those offensive fireworks, the two teams went scoreless the rest of the way.

Cass took a 5-0 lead early.

Sierrah Gani singled in the top of the first and later scored by taking home on a double steal play. Elord and Mustin had hits in the inning and Najarro and Maggie Collum added RBI singles.

The Lady Colonels pushed their early lead to five in the top of the second on three singles with two outs. Mustin and Sarah Moore had hits and Najarro drove in a run with a hit.

Najarro and Mustin had three hits and three RBI each for Cass. Fox (RBI) and Elrod also finished with three hits.

Moore drove in a pair of runs with two hits. Mayer, Collum (RBI), and Gani had the other Lady Colonels’ hits.

Gani (2), Elrod, and Najarro had stolen bases for the Lady Colonels.

Higdon (double) and Cox led Woodland with two hits apiece. Carnes finished with a triple and four RBIs. Duck had two RBI with a double. Robinson added a hit and an RBI and Audrey Morris contributed a hit for the Lady Cats. Baynard drove home three runs. Chappell and Kilgo had one RBI each. Kilgo also stole a base.

Cass (1-3, 0-2 in 7AAAAA) will host Paulding County Thursday at 5:55pm and will play Fannin County Saturday at 1pm at Stars Field.

Woodland (1-1, 1-1) plays at Darlington Wednesday at 5:30pm and will travel to Villa Rica for another region game Thursday at 5:55pm.

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