Loganville pinned what could have been a crushing 9-1 loss on Woodland in Game 1 of their best-of-three state playoff series Wednesday, but the Lady Wildcats brushed aside all that and came back to tie them with a 4-2 victory in Game 2.
Head coach Colman Roberts said the Lady Wildcats held an impromptu team meeting between games.
“They went out in the outfield and talked,” he said. “I think our seniors led the meeting, but I really don’t know what they said. I’m glad it happened though. I think it helped.”
The coach said after the meeting the defensive play of his team picked up.
“Brooke Rogers pitched well in both games for us, but we didn’t play well defensively all around in the first game. We made a couple of errors,” he said.
The coach said the second game was a different story. “We played well defensively and got some timely hits. We had a big inning where we scored four runs.”
After the first-game loss, the Lady Wildcats simply refused to give up, even though they were playing the state’s No. 6-ranked team and Region 8-AAAAA’s top seeded team in their home stadium after having just gotten pounded.
“Getting beat 9-1 it would have been easy to throw in the towel and give up,” Roberts said, “but they didn’t do that. We are proud of them.”
The fourth inning was the Lady Wildcats’ most productive of the night and allowed them to even the series.
Bridgett Hampton led it off with a single and moved to second when Rogers drew a base on balls. A fielder’s choice took Hampton off the base path but moved Rogers to second with Kereston Franklin at first. Sydney Hodorff singled to load the bases.
Taylor Braselton hit a three-RBI double down the left-field line to thrust Woodland into the lead. As she was going to third, Loganville’s pitcher tried to throw her out but the ball went skipping back to the outfield instead, and Braselton scooted home with a big insurance run that put her team up 4-0.