Adairsville, Woodland secure important road region wins
The Adairsville baseball team retained its current hold on the third place spot in Region 6-AAA Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory at Murray County.
The Tigers trailed 1-0 early, but scored a single run in the second inning, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth inning on their way to a three-run win.
Starter Levi Blackwell (3.1 IP, 1ER, 2H, 3BB, 4K) and middle reliever Chase Horn (3.1 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 3K) both tossed three and one-third innings for Adairsville. Caden Gibbs (0.1 IP, 0H, 0BB, 0K) entered in the seventh with two on base and the potential tying run at the plate to induce a pop out to shortstop and earn a save.
Kyle Dotson had two hits including a double for the Indians (3-22, 0-14). Logan Palmer drove in a run with one hit. Preston Vanmeter had the only other Murray County base hit.
Five Tigers finished with one hit apiece.
Garrett Mishoe doubled and drove in a run. Halen Huskins had two RBI with a hit and a sacrifice fly. Gibbs drove in a run with a base hit. Noah Dutton and Corey Nation had the other Tigers’ hits.
Adairsville (17-7, 10-4) plays at Sonoraville Thursday at 5:55 p.m. and will have games at Bremen, at Calhoun, and at home against Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe next week.
WOODLAND 8, KELL 3
With six runs over the final two innings and a complete-game pitching performance from Koby Stansel, Woodland completed a two-game series sweep at Kell Wednesday night with an 8-3 Region 7-AAAAA win in Marietta.
Woodland trailed 2-1 after one inning and tied the game 2-2 in the fourth. The Longhorns went back ahead 3-2 in the fifth, but the Wildcats’ final two offensive frames took control.
Woodland out hit Kell 13 to seven in the contest.
Stansel worked ahead in the count much of the night. He threw first pitch strikes to 21 of 32 batters and kept 61 of his 95 pitches in the strike zone. He scattered seven hits and three walks while allowing only two earned runs. He struck out one and 16 of his 18 outs were by pop up or fly out.
Jordan Lee had three hits for the Wildcats. Toby Queen (RBI), Bailey Ward, and Marco Haro (double) had two hits each. Dylan Webb doubled and drove home three runs. Garrett Cornett had a hit and drove in a run with a sac fly. Chris Mills and Titus Jones each added one hit and one RBI.
Kell drops to 13-13-1 with the loss. The Longhorns are now 8-4 in region action.
Woodland (15-11, 8-4) moved into second place in Region 7-AAAAA behind 3rd-ranked Carrollton. Woodland is currently tied with Kell, but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker as result of the series sweep. Carrollton was swept by Villa Rica this week in a two-game series to slip to 10-2 in the region.
The Wildcats open a two-game series with Carrollton at home Friday at 5:55 p.m. The two teams will play again Monday at Carrollton.