Wildcats win on Lee's walk-off single; Colonels topped by Raiders
Jordan Lee grounded a walk-off RBI single into right field Monday night as Woodland won an important Region 7-AAAAA matchup over Kell, 4-3, in eight innings.
The win helped the Wildcats keep pace with East Paulding and potentially Rome as the three teams are currently battling for the final two spots from the region in the state playoffs.
The win also helped Woodland move within one game of Kell. The Longhorns are currently in second place in the region standings.
Woodland loaded the bases in the eighth inning on a pair of walks and an infield bunt. Then after one out, Lee delivered the game winning hit.
The Wildcats led 3-0 early and that appeared to be enough for starting pitcher Kenny Jinks (7 IP, 3R, 1ER, 6H, 2BB, 2HBP, 6K) who had to settle for a no-decision. The Longhorns, however, tied the game with three runs in the sixth to ultimately sent the two teams into extra innings.
Marco Haro reached on an error and eventually scored on another infield error as Woodland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
In the third, Bailey Ward drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Haro delivered an RBI single for a 3-0 Wildcats’ advantage.
Kell utilized three hits, a hit batsman, and an infield error for their three-run sixth inning.
Hal Stelijes (1.1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 3BB, 1K) was tagged with the pitching loss for the Longhorns in relief of Matt Collins (3.1 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 2K) and starter Caleb Hilton (2.2 IP, 3R, 0ER, 1H, 3BB, 5K).
Tyler Dilcher (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 1K) was credited with the win by working a scoreless eighth inning for Woodland.
Logan Smith had a three-hit game for Kell that included a double.
Koby Stansel, Haro (RBI), Lee (RBI), and Dylan Webb had the only Woodland hits.
Woodland (14-11, 7-4) travels to Kell (13-13-1, 8-3) for a rematch Wednesday at 5:55 p.m.
EAST PAULDING 7, CASS 2
East Paulding took a 4-0 lead through four innings Monday night and held off visiting Cass over the final three frames for a 7-2 Region 7-AAAAA win.
The Raiders were led by a 4-for-4, three RBI performance by leadoff hitter Brandon Haston. His four hit game included a home run. Andrew Pendleton also had two hits for East Paulding. Pitchers Jackson Phipps and Kasey Kelly combined for 12 strikeouts for the Raiders while scattering three hits with seven walks.
Cass scored in the top of the fourth inning to narrow the margin to 4-1, but did not score again until the final frame.
Bryson Markley, Clay Means, and Logan Nelson had the only Cass hits.
Blaine Ingram (3 IP, 4R, 3ER, 7H, 0BB) and Parker Hardin (3 IP, 3ER, 3H, 4BB, 2K) both worked three innings in the Colonels’ loss.
East Paulding (10-13, 7-4) will visit Cass (9-17, 3-10) Wednesday at 5:55 p.m.