High school softball roundup

1 thriller, 1 blowout in stellar day for 'Cats

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A thrilling extra-inning, 7-6 win for the Woodland High softball team against Coffee preceded a 12-0 blowout victory in the second game of the day against Armuchee to round out a stellar first day for the Lady Wildcats in the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash.

Playing Friday in its home ballpark, Woodland went nine innings in Game 1 against Coffee. Skylar Chappell had the big hit of the day with a double to score a runner from second base for what would be the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.

Lainey Baker then sent Coffee down in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win after she pitched three innings from the bullpen.

Woodland also took the lead in the top of the eighth on a Caroline Higdon RBI double, but Coffee prolonged the game with a run in the bottom of the frame.

Coffee actually staged a late comeback to bring it to extras, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth, all unearned due to two errors, to tie the game at 5-apiece.

Woodland was able to absorb the four-run inning from Coffee thanks to two runs of its own in the top of the sixth. Chappell came up clutch with a two-run single in that frame, and she also had an RBI single in the fourth to score Kendyl Hardin after Hardin doubled with two outs during the at bat before Chappell.

Of the few runs for Woodland Chappell was not in on, the Wildcats scored two in the first on a pair of errors.

It was a Woodland error that allowed Coffee to score its one run in the first, meaning all five runs Coffee scored in regular innings were unearned off Sarah Baynard, who went 5 2/3 innings. The one run Coffee scored in extra innings off of Baker was under the International Tiebreaker rules with a runner already placed on second base to begin the eighth inning.

Chappell finished Game 1 going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Higdon added two hits, including a double.

The second game was much simpler for Woodland. The Wildcats put up one run in each the first two innings against Armuchee, and then five runs in each the third and fourth to end the game early.

Woodland had 15 hits in the four innings — three each by Bella Carnes and Morgan Bailey, and two each from Ansley Evans, Hardin and Chappell.

Hardin's three-run home run in the fourth highlighted the offensive onslaught, and she finished with five RBIs in the game, also driving in two on a double in the third.

Madi Bentley pitched the whole way for Woodland, allowing just two hits while striking out four.

Woodland is now 5-4 on the year and will look to ride Friday's momentum into Saturday against Brunswick and South Paulding back at Woodland High to end the Buc Bash.


Lady Colonels drop pair

The Cass High softball team is in the midst of a break from region play this weekend, but the team is still keeping busy with the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Colonels did not get off to a good start to the tournament Friday with two losses at the hands of Pickens, 6-3, and Allatoona, 13-5 in five innings.

Pickens beat Cass in Game 1 of the day on the strength of a four-run fourth inning. The Dragons got a walk and three singles before an error with two outs scored two runs to let the rally get out of hand. 

Before that fourth inning, Cass had a brief lead. After Pickens scored two in the second, the Colonels immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Haley Smith led off the inning with a double, and after an error and two outs, Kaila Carson came through with a big RBI single to tie the game. Eryn Lee then had a clutch hit of her own, a double to left field to give Cass a 3-2 lead.

Smith would later double in the sixth inning, but that was the only other time the Colonels got a runner in scoring position in the game besides the second inning.

Kylee Hembree pitched all six innings for Cass and allowed four earned runs on 12 hits with one walk and one strikeout. 

At the plate, Smith finished the game 2-for-2 with two doubles, while Lee went 2-for-2 with one double.

In Game 2 at Hamilton Crossing against Allatoona, Cass hung with the Buccaneers for three innings, but a six-run fourth and a five-run fifth by Allatoona put the game away. 

Four Cass errors allowed six unearned runs to score. 

To Cass' credit, the Colonels nearly prolonged the game and avoided the run rule with a four-run bottom of the fifth. Hembree hit a three-run triple in the inning and Hailie Owens drove in another on a single.

Ultimately, though, it was too little too late.

Cass is now 1-5 on the season and will continue the Buccaneer Bash Saturday against Bainbridge and Lovett back at Hamilton Crossing.


Lady Canes lose to Pickens

The Cartersville High softball team made eight errors in its opener of the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash Friday, and it took them out of the ballgame against Pickens in a 10-0, five-inning loss Friday.

Pickens scored two in the first inning and three in the second before Cartersville even put a runner on base.

Presley Edwards, Lauren McElhaney and Rylie Harris all singled in the game, but Cartersville never really threatened to score.

Meanwhile, Pickens put a runner in scoring position in all five innings, and scored multiple runs in four of them, including a three-run fourth and two-run fifth. Four errors in the final two innings were mostly to blame as Pickens only put together two singles and a walk in those last two frames.

Cartersville is now 5-3 overall and will resume play in the Buc Bash Saturday at Kennesaw Mountain against Sonoraville and Alexander.