Although the four-game home stand started out with a one-run loss to North Paulding last Monday, Woodland rebound nicely with crucial victories over Paulding County on Wednesday, Hiram on Friday and then against Villa Rica.
“This was a very crucial home stand for us,” Woodland coach Corey Gochee said. “When you win, you control your own destiny in regards to making the region (5-AAAAA) playoffs.”
Woodland won its third straight by breaking open a tight, one-run ballgame with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Starting and winning pitcher, Luke Patterson helped his own cause, by drawing a walk to begin the inning. Lance Glockner then doubled to rightfield, placing runners at second and third.
Blake Hall then followed with a two-run double. Hall, who advanced to third on Mason Robinson’s single, scored on Camden McGill’s sacrifice fly. Robinson would score Woodland’s final run of the inning after stealing second and coming home on Tyler Striner’s sacrifice fly.
Stringer, who had three hits in Woodland’s 12-4 victory over Hiram, drove in a run in the two-run, fifth inning with a sacrifice fly that drove in Robinson, who walked and move to second on McGill’s single. Both runners then advanced on a base ball.
McGill, who advanced on Stringer’s sacrifice fly, would score Woodland’s go-ahead run on a passed ball.
“Tyler has been swinging real well of late,” Gochee said. “In fact, all of our hitters are beginning to hit like I expected them to this season.”
McGill provided the power Gochee was looking for Monday with his third-inning home run that gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead.
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