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Woodland splits DH with NW Whitfield; Lady Canes improve to 2-0

The Woodland Lady Cats split a doubleheader with Northwest Whitfield Saturday in games played at Young Harris College in northeast Georgia.

Northwest Whitfield won the opener 4-0, but Woodland responded with a 5-4 victory in Game 2.

The Lady Bruins took an early lead in the second game’s back-and-forth battle with a run in the first. Woodland posted two runs in the second, but Northwest tied the game again in the third frame.

After the Lady Cats went up 4-2 in the fourth inning, the Lady Bruins tied the game again in the fifth. Woodland scored their final go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth and held on for a one-run victory to split the doubleheader.

Sarah Baynard (7 IP, 4R, 2ER, 6H, 1BB) needed only 79 pitches and tossed a complete game for Woodland’s win.

Bella Carnes paced the Lady Cats’ offense with three hits including a triple and three RBI. Hannah Miller added two hits including a triple and one RBI. Skylar Chappell also contributed a pair of hits. Kailey Baker and Caroline Higdon (double) added the other Woodland hits.

Northwest Whitfield took the opener, 4-0, scoring all four runs in the fourth inning.

Madi Bentley tossed a complete-game five-hitter for Woodland, but suffered the pitching loss. Three of the runs allowed were earned. She issued only one walk and struck out one.

Jordan Duck doubled for one of the Lady Cats’ two hits. Chappell had the other Woodland base hit.

Northwest Whitfield is now 1-4 with the doubleheader split.

Woodland (1-1) hosts East Paulding Monday at 5:55 p.m., travels to Carrollton Tuesday (5:55 p.m.), and plays at Cartersville Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Cartersville posted seven runs in the first two innings Saturday and held off visiting Darlington 7-5 for the Lady Canes’ second win of the year.

AnnaKate McElhaney (6 IP, 5R, 3ER, 8H, 8BB, 5K) started and went six innings for the pitching win. Colby Ballard (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 1K) entered in the final frame to close out the victory.

Ballard led Cartersville with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate that included a two-run home run in the second inning.

Hope Short and AnnaKate McElhaney had two hits apiece for the Lady Canes. Rylie Harris added a hit and two RBI. Presley Edwards contributed one RBI when hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning. Short, Harris, and Cio Seigler each stole a base.

With the loss, Darlington’s season mark slips to 1-2.

Cartersville (2-0) travels to Central-Carroll Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch. The Lady Canes will host Woodland Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Troup County Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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