2 HRs, Ammons' pitching lift 'Cats to series sweep

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Hiram put up two runs in the first inning against Ben Ammons and the Woodland High baseball team Thursday at Hiram.

However, Ammons was lights out the rest of the way and a steady Woodland offensive attack led the way in a 7-2 Wildcat win to sweep the two-game Region 7-AAAAA series against the Hornets.

Ammons allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning and then got into a jam with runners on the corners in the second. However, he struck out a batter to get out of the second inning and then cruised the rest of the way, finishing with a complete game and six strikeouts.

The offense, meanwhile, used a steady approach to pull away from Hiram inning by inning. 

The first Woodland run came in the second when Koby Stansel singled, stole second, advanced on a fielder’s choice and score on a passed ball.

The Wildcats would take the lead for good in the third inning with two more runs on Marco Haro’s two-run homer, scoring Bailey Ward, who doubled two at bats earlier. The dinger gives Haro three on the season to go along with nine RBIs. Both marks lead the team.

Another run in the fourth inning came on an error, and Stansel hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to make the score 5-2 in favor of the road Wildcats.

With Ammons dealing on the mound, the bats could have called it a night in the seventh, but instead scored two insurance runs with the big hit in the frame coming on a two-run double with two outs off the bat of Scotty Smith.

Smith went 2-for-4 in the game, while Stansel went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Dallas Adams, coming off a big two-hit, four-RBI day in his first career start on Wednesday, went 2-for-3 at the plate and was hit by a pitch in his second career start Thursday.

Woodland is now 6-7 overall, 3-3 in region play, with an important two-game region series coming up next week against Cass, beginning with a road game Monday.