Wildcats let late lead get away at Rome


The Woodland Wildcats lost a lead late Wednesday night in a 5-4 Region 7AAAAA loss at Rome.


Woodland scored three runs in the second inning and added another in the top of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead, but the Wolves answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth and a walk-off, game-winning run that scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.


Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Rome in the bottom of the seventh and Wildcats’ pitcher Tommy Peed had recorded two outs when the decisive pitch got away for Rome’s Kade Garrard to score.


Woodland out hit Rome five to three and the Wildcats’ pitchers did not yield an earned run, but the locals came up short on the scoreboard.


Hunter Reaid had two hits with one RBI for the Cats. Garrett Cornett (2 RBIs, photo right), Cauy Williams, and Koby Stansel had the other Woodland hits.


JaKolbi Griffin had one hit and two RBIs for Rome. Harrison Pyle and Knox Kadum had the other Wolves’ hits.


Grayson Bagwell (5 IP, 3R, 0ER, 2H, 4BB, 6K) started on the mound for the Wildcats. Peed (1.2 IP, 2R, 0ER, 1H, 2BB, 2K) suffered the difficult loss.


Rome improved to 9-11 overall and 2-4 in Region 7AAAAA.


Woodland (10-8, 1-5) will host Villa Rica Friday at 5:55pm and travel to the Widcats’ home field Monday at 5:55pm in their next region two-game series.


Photo credit: TC Pics Photography, Susan and Travis Cochran

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