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Wildcats win extra innings battle at Kell; Colonels fall to East Paulding in extra innings

Woodland and Kell went back-and-forth on the scoreboard Monday night in Cobb County with the Wildcats pulling out a crucial 8-6 Region 7AAAAA victory in eight innings.

Three Woodland pitchers kept the Wildcats in the contest.

Grayson Bagwell (6 IP, 3R, 2ER, 6H, 5BB) started for Woodland. Tommy Peed (1 IP, 2ER, 3H, 1BB) picked up the pitching win by pitching the seventh inning and Garrett Pope (1 IP, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K) earned a save in the eighth.

Woodland’s eighth inning started after two outs.

A pair of walks to Dylan Webb and Garrett Cornett led to Webb scoring on a wild pitch. Jacob Frye was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Hunter Reaid then singled into right field to put the Wildcats ahead 7-5 and Cauy Williams’ (photo above) RBI single to left field scored Frye to give Woodland a three run lead.

The Longhorns scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth, but Pope fanned Bryan Grant to end the game.

Williams (double, 3 RBIs) and Noah Ludy (photo right, 2 RBIs) both had two hits for Woodland. Frye (double, three runs scored, RBI) and Reaid (RBI) had one hit each. The Wildcats drew 11 walks as a team.

The Longhorns are now 17-9 overall and 7-5 in Region 7AAAAA.

Woodland (15-8, 6-5) is now tied for fourth in the region standings with Villa Rica and will host Kell Wednesday at 5:55pm in the second game of their region series. The Wildcats have a two game series with Carrollton on the horizon that begins on the road Friday at 5:55pm.

EAST PAULDING 3, CASS 2 (8 innings)

Cass battled East Paulding to the final out Monday night, but fell to the visiting Raiders 3-2 in extra innings.

The Colonels out hit East Paulding ten to six and played error free defense. They also rallied to load the bases in the bottom of the eighth down by a run, but came up just short.

Jake Collum (photo) pitched the first seven innings for Cass, but after 107 pitches had to be relieved for the eighth inning. Collum allowed two runs on five hits and one walk. He fanned ten. Zach Yancey was tagged with the pitching loss for the Colonels, yielding an eighth inning homer. He struck out one Raider.

Senior Alex Prosser was the offensive hero for East Paulding. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, a double, and all three Raiders’ RBIs.

Cass led 1-0 after one inning on a Steven Spell RBI single. That lead held until Prosser’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth.

The Colonels tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Collum doubled and later scored on a wild pitch to send the game to an extra frame.

Prosser hit his second homer of the game in the top of the eighth to put the Raiders up 3-2.

Cass then loaded the bases.

Tyler Hendon doubled to open the inning. Clay Means drew a two out base on balls and Bailey Campbell was hit by a pitch, but that was all the damage the Colonels would do.

Collum finished with three hits (2 doubles) and Nathan Smith two hits for Cass. Means, Spell (RBI), Yancey, Cody Johnson, and Hendon (double) had one hit each for the Colonels.

East Paulding improved to 12-11 overall and 8-3 in Region 7AAAAA.

Cass (13-13, 6-7) plays a region rematch at East Paulding Wednesday at 5:55pm. The Colonels then play at Paulding County Thursday (5:55pm) and host River Ridge in a non-region game Saturday (11 am).

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