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Tigers wrap up region slate with victory; Woodland extends season with win

The Woodland baseball team kept its 2018 season alive Friday night with a 5-2 win at Hiram.

The Wildcats’ win, combined with an East Paulding sweep of Kell, means Woodland will play a 5-inning, mini-game Monday at LakePoint at 5:55 p.m. to determine the final playoff qualifier from Region 7-AAAAA.

Woodland, East Paulding, and Kell all tied for the final playoff position with 9-7 region marks, but Kell was eliminated due to being swept by the other two teams.

Carrollton won the region title and No. 1 seed, followed by Villa Rica and Rome in the top three spots.

Friday night, Woodland out hit HIram ten to four and led 3-0 through three innings before building their lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth. Hiram scored single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh but came up three runs short.

Dylan Webb, Toby Queen (RBI), Koby Stansel (RBI), and Jordan Lee led the Woodland bats with two hits each. Bailey Ward (RBI) and Garrett Cornett (RBI) also had base hits.

Kenny Jinks (6 IP, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 8K) earned the pitching win for Woodland. Seth McGill (0.2 IP, 1ER, 2BB, 1K) and Jakob Foss (0.1 IP, 0R, 1K) combined to close out the seventh.

Hiram finished the year 6-20 overall and 3-13 in region action.

Woodland improved to 16-14 overall.

The winner of Monday’s mini-game will advance to the Class 5A state playoffs Thursday in a doubleheader. That will start a best-of-three series at Region 8-5A champion and 2nd-ranked Loganville.


In an explosive offensive evening for both teams, Adairsville captured a back-and-forth battle over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 19-12 in Tiger Valley Friday night.

Adairsville bats pounded out 18 hits and four Tigers’ pitchers combined to hold off the visiting Warriors.

Caden Gibbs picked up the pitching win with a four-inning start. He allowed three earned runs on four hits. Three of the hits were homers. Noah Nation, Elijah Padgett, and J Smith also pitched for the Tigers.

Halen Huskins and Garrett Mishoe both homered and had three hits for the Adairsville offense. They both also drove in four runs.

Gibbs had a three-hit game with one RBI. BJ Roper (2 RBI) and Chase Horn (RBI) had two hits apiece. Hunter Hice (RBI), Trace Still (RBI), Corey Nation, and Gavin Crunkleton added one hit each.

LFO finished the year 17-10 overall and 10-8 in Region 6-AAA.

Adairsville (20-8, 13-5) advances to the Class AAA state playoffs Thursday as the 2-seed. The Tigers will host the 3-seed from Region 5-AAA, Pace Academy, in a doubleheader to open the best-of-three series.

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