A full day of games Saturday capped off what has been a busy week for coach Colman Roberts’ squad as Woodland went 1-2 for the day and played five games over the course of the week.
“I’m ready for a couple days of practice,” Roberts said. “We got a lot of work in, but we got a lot of work to do. It would have been nice to have a practice.”
Starting pitcher Brooke Rogers took a game off in the morning as Bailey Guyton took to the pitcher’s circle against North Cobb. Guyton got off to a good start, but was not helped by her defense.
The Lady Cats had three errors in the game and two in the bottom of the fourth inning. North Cobb scored six runs in the inning; none of them were earned.
Another Woodland error resulted in three runs in the bottom of the sixth, two of which were unearned, to give North Cobb the 9-3 win.
Rogers was back in the circle for the second game of the team’s doubleheader against Southeast Whitfield. Rogers pitched well, giving up just two earned runs in her seven innings while striking out five as Woodland won the game by a score of 6-4.
“Brooke was doing really well. She had lots of good movement on her pitches,” Woodland’s catcher Sydney Hodorff said. “Her curve started working again and she was really good today. She was on.”
Hodorff was one of seven Lady Cats to reach base at least twice in the game. Ashley Jordan took advantage of three Southeast Whitfield fielding miscues and scored two runs. Rogers had three hits and three RBIs, while Bridgett Hampton had three hits of her own. Hodorff had a useful sacrifice bunt and two hits in the game.
“The middle of the order did a good job today,” Roberts said. “[Hodorff] hit today. She did a good job. She did a good job behind the plate, too.”
The third game saw Woodland jump out to an early lead against Fannin County. Hodorff had an RBI single in the first inning. Rogers then scored from third on a heads-up base running play as she scored when the Fanning County catcher threw to second base to catch Kereston Franklin attempting a steal. Roger’s score gave her team a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
However, Fanning County’s bats came alive in the fifth and sixth innings as Woodland would fall by a final score of 6-5.
“I was disappointed today. We had the bases loaded and didn’t score,” Roberts said. “It’s the little things like that that we have to work on.”
Overall, several Wildcats had some good individual batting days. Ashley Jordan had three hits on the day as did Bailey Roberts. Rogers had five, while Hampton and Hodorff each reached base six times through the three games.
“I’ve been struggling hitting lately, but I guess the pitcher was at the right speed for me so I could get back on a hitting streak,” Hodorff said of Southeast Whitfield’s pitcher. “I think we are going to be good. I think we’ll be solid this year.”
The Lady Wildcats are going to need to be as they play the second game of their tough region schedule beginning at Hiram on Monday.
“That’s a big game. They took one from us at home last year,” Roberts said. “They have a good pitcher. She’s a lefty. We’ll have our hands full.”