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Bartow Softball Roundup: Bentley, Wildcats stay hot in shutout of Patriots

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Every Woodland starter had at least one hit and Wildcat pitcher Madi Bentley limited Paulding County to two total knocks in a convincing, 12-0 four-inning victory Thursday at home.

Bentley struck out five while allowing her two hits and four walks in just four innings. She escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and stranded two more runners in the second. Bentley allowed just one batter to reach the rest of the game, which ended in the bottom of the fourth after an eight-run rally invoked the run rule.

Bella Carnes and Hannah Miller each finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Woodland offense to its sixth consecutive win and  11th  in its last 12 games. Morgan Cooper also wound up 2-for-3. She scored once and drove in a run.

Skylar Chappell had a 2-for-2 showing with two RBIs; Ansley Evans went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored; and the other four Wildcat starters had a single hit apiece.

After Bentley slipped out of trouble in the top of the first, Woodland struck quickly in the home half. Jordan Duck doubled home Carnes and Evans for a 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats (12-5, 6-2 Region 7-AAAAA) doubled the advantage with another pair of runs in the second. Bailey singled home Miller, and Cooper scored on a throw down to second base.

After wasting a Kendyl Hardin double in the third, Woodland exploded for eight runs in the fourth.

Chappell led off the inning with a single, and courtesy runner Kailey Baker scored on Carnes' triple. An error, which allowed Carnes to score, a walk and a single by Caroline Higdon loaded the bases with one out.

Duck drove in her third run on a fielder's choice, and the Wildcats' eighth run scored on an error. Miller singled home before Chappell doubled her and Higdon home for an 11-0 lead.

A double by Morgan Bailey gave every Woodland starter a hit and brought home Baker, who again ran for Chappell, to end the game early. A night after hitting a trio of home runs, the Wildcats managed five extra-base hits — four doubles and a triple.

Woodland will look to continue its recent surge when it heads to East Paulding, which is currently 7-1 in the region, in a battle for second place in the standings.

Sonoraville 2, Adairsville 0

Victoria O'Neal pitched an outstanding game, but her offense couldn't find the run support to back her in a 2-0 loss Thursday at Sonoraville.

O'Neal struck out eight and walked none over six brilliant frames. She gave up just two hits and two runs, which came in the sixth inning.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, they only managed two hits, as well, in the shutout loss. Sadye Johnson and Alexa Varner had one hit apiece for Adairsville, which heads to Coahulla Creek on Monday.

Carrollton 8, Cass 0

The Cass softball team failed to pick up a hit in an 8-0 loss to Region 7-AAAAA leader Carrollton on the road Thursday.

The Colonels (2-12, 2-6) had just one rough inning defensively in the five-inning defeat. They allowed six runs in the third frame and just single runs in the first and fourth frames.

Kylee Hembree allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings. Rachael Lee gave up an unearned run in her lone inning of work.

Offensively, Eryn Lee and Brylie Sanford drew walks and Maggie Collum was hit by a pitch to provide the lone baserunners for Cass, which hosts Villa Rica on Monday.