Woodland wins fourth consecutive Bartow County Softball Championship title

The Woodland Lady Cats softball team won its fourth consecutive Bartow County Championship Tournament Saturday with a 6-5 win over Cass in the championship game.

The tournament was hosted by the Lady Colonels at the Cass High School Athletic Complex.

Woodland blanked Cartersville in Saturday’s opening round to earn a spot in the tournament finals. Cass reached the championship game with an 11-3 victory over Adairsville in the first round.

Cartersville placed third with a walk-off, 5-4 win over Adairsville.


CHAMPIONSHIP: WOODLAND 6, CASS 5
Woodland's Lainey Baker pitched in both of the Lady Cats' wins Saturday and had a base hit in the championship game against Cass.

Cass led 3-0 through 2-1/2 innings in Saturday’s Bartow County Tournament championship game, but Woodland narrowed the margin to 3-2 in the bottom of the third before taking the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.

With the Lady Cats leading 5-3 through five innings, Cass scored single runs in the top half of the sixth and seventh frames, but a single run by Woodland in the bottom of the sixth provided the margin of victory.

Cassie Jones led the Woodland bats with three hits and three RBIs. She also had the key RBI for the Lady Cats in the sixth inning that provided Woodland a 6-4 advantage at the time.

Woodland's Cassie Jones had three hits and three RBIs in the Wildcats championship game victory Saturday.

Michiah Hicks (RBI) and Peyton Dorn collected two hits each for Woodland in the title win. Jessica Ryan had two RBIs with one hit. Alana Carnes, Dylynn Motes, and Lainey Baker added one hit apiece for the Wildcats.

Dorn (4 IP, 3ER, 5H, 1BB, 1K) and Baker (3 IP, 2R, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 4K) shared the pitching circle for the Lady Cats.

Rachael Lee (6 IP, 6ER, 11H, 2BB, 2K) suffered the pitching loss for Cass.

Ansley Hight had three hits to pace the Colonels’ offense. She finished 3-for-3 with a walk, a single, a two-run double in the third, a sixth inning solo home run, and four RBIs.

Eryn Lee had three hits for Cass and Rachael Lee contributed a pair of hits.

Cass (6-7, 3-5) hosts a Region 7-AAAAA game with Cartersville Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Woodland improved to 7-10-2 on the season with their two wins Saturday. The Lady Cats (4-5 in Region 7-AAAAA) host Blessed Trinity in a region game Tueday at 5:30 p.m.

THIRD PLACE: CARTERSVILLE 5, ADAIRSVILLE 4
McKinley Chada started in the circle for the Hurricanes in their third place game Saturday against Adairsville pitching five innings with two strikeouts.

Cartersville’s Ava Perkins lined a two-out single into left field Saturday in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Lady Canes to a 5-4, walk-off victory over Adairsville in the Bartow County Championship Tournament’s Third Place Game.

The game winning hit drove home Kiley Arnold who had walked with one out and advanced to second on a groundout.

The close contest saw both teams hold leads.

Cartersville led 1-0 early with Adairsville grabbing a 3-1 lead in the third inning. Cartersville regained a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning, but the Tigers knotted the score again in the sixth inning.

Arnold (2 IP, 0R, 2H, 0BB, 2K) picked up the pitching win for the Hurricanes in relief of starter McKinley Chada (5 IP, 4R, 3ER, 8H, 0BB, 2K).

Chelsea Bates (6.2 IP, 4ER, 6H, 5BB, 6K) was tagged with the tough-luck pitching loss for Adairsville. She struck out six.

Riley Mounger had two hits including a double for the Tigers’ offense. Alissa Winters, Jenna Young, and Brie Patterson (RBI) had two hits each. Halie Chasen contributed one hit and two RBIs. Kelsey Gleason added one hit and one RBi.

Ava Perkins (3 RBIs) and Mikey Lewis finished with two hits each for Cartersville. Chada (RBI), Arnold, and Campbell Rogers added one hit apiece.

Adairsville (5-8, 3-4 in Region 6-AAA) will be back in region action Monday against Sonoraville.

Cartersville (9-8, 5-4 in Region 7-AAAAA) returns to Cass Tuesday for a region game against the Lady Colonels at 7 p.m.


SEMI-FINAL: CASS 11, ADAIRSVILLE 3
In the Lady Colonels' two tournament games Saturday, Ansley Hight had a walk and four hits including two doubles, a home run, and five RBIs.

In the first semifinal of the day, Cass scored runs in four of their five offensive frames to defeat Adairsville in five innings, 11-3.

The Colonels took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Adairsville posted three runs in the top of the third to go ahead 3-2. From that point, Cass scored nine unanswered runs in the third through fifth innings for an eight-run victory.

Alexis Woods picked up the pitching win for Cass tossing all five innings. She scattered three hits and a walk while striking out five.

Jordan Clay (4.1 IP, 11R, 0ER, 10H, 5BB, 2K) suffered the pitching loss for Adairsville despite allowing no earned runs. She recorded two strikeouts.

McKenzie Pullam had a double for the Tigers’ offense. Brie Patterson and Jenna Young had the other Adairsville base hits. Riley Mounger drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The Cass offense produced 10 hits.

Savannah Tatum had two hits including a double and two RBIs. Eryn Lee finished with two hits. Ansley Hight doubled and had one RBI. Kelly Young and Saydee Najarro had one hit and one RBI each while Corien Tuggles added one base hit for the Lady Colonels.

SEMI-FINAL: WOODLAND 8, CARTERSVILLE 0

Woodland’s Michiah Hicks led off the game with a solo home run and pitcher Lainey Baker tossed a four-hit shutout as the Lady Cats blanked Cartersville 8-0 in Saturday’s second semifinal game at the Cass High School Athletic Complex.

Woodland led 4-0 after one inning and 6-0 through three before adding single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Baker struck out 13 and only walked one while earning the pitching win in six innings of work.

Kennedy Stevens (3 IP, 6R, 4ER, 3H, 6BB, 2K) and Ava Perkins (3 IP, 2R, 1ER, 2H, 3BB, 6K) split time in the circle for the Hurricanes.

Cartersville had four hits — all singles — by Campbell Rogers, Mikey Lewis, Erin McCrary, and Reese Dumas.

In addition to Hicks’ leadoff home run for Woodland, Peyton Dorn (double, 2 RBIs) and Jessica Ryan had two hits each. Cambrie Carrington contributed a double and one RBI and Bailey Sakacsi was credited with one RBI.

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