The game, part of Woodland’s three-day tournament, was more of a friendly scrimmage with Cass throwing two freshman pitchers facing mostly varsity players from Woodland.
The scoreboard out in Woodland’s field was not turned on and the game was even cut short early due to time constraints.
However, when two teams within such a close proximity match up against one another, the scoreboard does not have to be on for the girls to keep score.
Rising junior Brooke Rogers kept the score in Woodland’s favor as she pitched a shutout to help lead the Wildcats to an 8-0 victory.
Rogers has pitched in state playoff games, a far cry from Tuesday morning’s laissez-faire event, but even she admitted to feeling a little extra excitement going into the matchup.
“Yeah, we’re crosstown rivals,” she said.
Rogers got into trouble once in the second inning when she put runners on first and third with one out. She promptly worked her way out of the threat and did not encounter any more trouble the rest of the game.
“I threw pretty well,” Rogers said. “We just try to play our best every time we step on the field.”
Rogers also got the offense started with her RBI single in the first inning. Bridgett Hampton then drove Rogers home for a 2-0 Woodland lead after the first inning.
In the fourth inning, Sheena Craig delivered with two outs and the bases loaded when she drove the ball to right field. It was misplayed and rolled to the wall for a bases-clearing triple as Woodland took a 5-0 lead. Craig then scored on a wild pitch for the sixth run later that inning.
Woodland’s offense produced again in the fifth inning when Brook delivered another RBI, this time a double down the left field line. The Wildcats would score again in the inning on an error to go up 8-0.
That would be the final as the game was called after 5 1/2 innings due to a time limit.
Despite Woodland’s victory, neither coach is prioritizing winning in this offseason tournament.
“We’re just out here trying to find what some of these younger girls can do,” Cass coach Greg Hight said. “We’re splitting our girls up, just trying to see how the younger girls react. We threw two freshmen that game. Overall, I’m pleased with both of them. We are playing to see what we have.”
Cass split its players into two fairly even teams, while Woodland separated the younger players from the experienced ones. The more experienced team was on the field against Cass Tuesday.
“We lost three kids to graduation, our catcher, second baseman and shortstop,” Woodland coach Colman Roberts said. “We have to fill those three holes and we have a couple of kids coming up from middle school who show some signs that they’re going to add to our development.”
Woodland has already played 16 games this offseason and, for Roberts, this game was just another line on the schedule.
“Of course, it is a rival, but I think rivalries have gone to the wayside nowadays,” Roberts said. “Nobody hates anybody. We like [Cass]. A lot of our kids play with their kids in summer ball. It’s a friendly rival.”