Lady ’Cats win; Cass, Excel fall
by Jason Greenberg
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You can’t be better than perfect.

That is what the Woodland softball team is right now in Region 5-AAAAA as the team is a perfect 6-0, and junior pitcher Brooke Rogers has yet to allow an earned run in region play after the Lady Wildcats’ 11-0 victory over Rome at home Tuesday.

“I think we’re doing well. Hopefully we keep winning and go undefeated,” senior left fielder Ashley Jordan said. “That’s our goal.”

Rome has been struggling this season and has a 5-13 record. The Wolves provided little resistance to Woodland Tuesday.

“You can’t ever and expect to go out there and win and not work, so it was a good win,” Woodland head coach Colman Roberts said. “We’ve got one through nine hitting right now.”

The entire Wildcat order may be hitting, but none more so than junior third baseman Bridgett Hampton. Hampton went 2-for-2 with a walk, a home run and five RBIs in the game. She is now hitting .444 on the season with a .538 on-base-percentage and 20 RBIs, leading the team in all three categories.

“Bridgett is seeing the ball real well,” Roberts. “When she waits back on it, she can really hit it.”

The offensive onslaught started in the second inning when Jordan drove in senior Darby Cagle after Cagle doubled to begin the inning. Hampton then came through with a hard-hit single to drive in two more runs. Rogers also had an RBI in the inning.

The third frame provided more of the same for the Lady Wildcats. After Cagle and Brandee Godfrey walked, Jordan singled to right, driving in Cagle once again. Bailey Roberts then stepped up and lined a single to drive in two more runs with two outs in the inning. After a Rogers walk, Hampton delivered the three-run shot to put the game out of Rome’s reach at 11-0.

Meanwhile, Rogers was outstanding once again as Rome never posed a threat in its five innings up at bat. Rogers gave up just two hits, while striking out three. She now has a 1.55 earned run average on the season to go along with a .426 batting average at the plate. She had two walks and was hit by a pitch against Rome.

In total, Woodland walked nine times in the game.

Woodland improved to 11-8 on the season with a difficult schedule of four region games coming up.

The Lady Wildcats will play South Paulding on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. on the road.

Cass drops lead late

Defense has been the Achilles’ heel for the Cass softball team this season and the Lady Colonels’ struggles continued Tuesday as the team had eight errors in its seventh inning loss at home to River Ridge by a score of 14-11.

The game looked like it may be a pitcher’s duel in the first three innings as Courtney Bailey held River Ridge scoreless. The Cass bats erupted from there with two runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth, and five more in the sixth.

Unfortunately for Cass, River Ridge was able to keep up and only trailed by four runs going into the seventh and final inning.

The Lady Colonels were unable to score in the seventh and River Ridge scored seven to steal the victory away from the Lady Colonels.

Lauren Womack was the leading hitter for Cass with three hits, including a triple. Bre Mahrt, Camey Kirkland, Hannah Kirkpatrick and Kiayana Farmer each had two hits.

The team will go on the road Saturday for its next game in the Chattanooga-Score Tournament.

Excel looking to regain winning form

The Excel Christian Academy softball team is not playing a region schedule this season. As a result, coach Chad Parker has been stuck with several cancellations from opposing teams who do not mind cancelling on the Eagles because they do not have to make up the game.

Unfortunately for Parker and his team, this means his team went 12 days without playing a game and has been showing its rust ever since.

Mount Paran Christian Academy took advantage Tuesday as Excel was handed the 8-6 defeat on the road and now moves to 10-5 on the season after an 8-1 start.

“We’ve been pretty rusty,” Parker said. “Our girls were just on such a roll to the start the season and to take 12 days off, they lost the momentum, and to get back in there is hard to do.”

Parker felt like his team should have performed better over the weekend when Excel went 2-3 in a tournament. On a team comprised mostly of freshmen, he feels like a lack of experience contributed to the rust.

“I think it’s a lack of maturity when you have a big break and probably a lot of bad coaching as far as not preparing them for it,” Parker said. “It’s just a matter of assuming they know what to do when they have a long break.”

Of course, with such a young team, everything is viewed as a learning experience this season.

“It’s something we can use in future years to get better,” Parker said. “We can use this as a reference point and something to remind the players if we have another long break in the future. We can use that for everything this year.”

There were some highlights with the bats Tuesday as freshman Brighton McCollum had two hits and two RBIs in the game. Fellow freshman Aliza Baker also drove in two runs.

Excel has another chance to capture a win with games Friday and Saturday against Armuchee and Adairsville at home.