Rome comes back late on ’Cats; Excel falls

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The Woodland baseball team held a 1-0 lead for five innings of Monday’s home region game against Rome.

However, Rome scored a run in each the sixth and seventh to top the Wildcats by a score of 2-1.

Rome strung five singles together in the sixth to tie the game. In the seventh, a leadoff single, a stolen base and a single allowed the eventual winning run to score.

Woodland scored its run in the first inning after Jacob Frye walked, advanced to second base on a Hunter Reaid sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a Brandon Allen groundout and came home on the throw.

Frye singled and walked twice in his three plate appearances, while Cauy Williams, Trent Harrison and Adam Martin had the other three hits for the ’Cats.

On the mound, Kolby Stansel got the start and threw 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts before his pitch count got into the 70s and he was relieved. He allowed just the one run in the sixth.

Woodland is now 1-6 overall and 0-4 in region play. The ’Cats will return to action Wednesday with a game at Rome as they look to even the series.

Mount Paran 16, Excel 1

The Excel baseball team is going through some growing pains as a freshman-laden group in its first region season in four years.

That growing process continued Monday as the Eagles lost by a score of 16-1 in three innings at Mount Paran.

Excel scored its run on an error.

“We had one hard-hit ball, they ruled it an error, but it certainly could have gone either way. The home team gave their pitcher a no-hit shutout, but they pitched well,” head coach Mike Cuomo said. “It’s the difference between a senior pitcher and freshmen primarily. We lost one of our ballplayers to injury and had to put a backup catcher in, and we could not manufacture any runs.”