Woodland pitcher Casey Bucy pitched five innings with two strikeouts, one walk and one hit. Lady Wildcats coach Colman Roberts said the senior had a good velocity on her pitches, worked the corners of the plate and did not fall behind hitters.
"[Get] ahead in the count is the biggest thing that I try to preach to her every day, but she's a battler and she did a good job today," Roberts said after his team's victory. "She pitched well. She's getting better as the year's going along."
Bucy's offensive mates gave her the help she needed -- she helped her cause, too -- by scoring four runs in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth and five in the fifth.
"We played well today. I think everybody in our lineup had a hit," Roberts said of Woodland's 18-hit night. "They made some adjustments today. They used the whole field."
Leading hitters for the Lady Wildcats were Taylor Braselton, 2 for 4, double, two runs; Kat Moreno, 2 for 3, two runs, two RBIs, walk; Lacey Fritz, 3 for 4, two doubles, triple, three runs, three RBIs; Bucy, 1 for 3, run, two RBIs; Sydney Flowers, 4 for 4, double, triple, two runs, two RBIs; Bailey Roberts, 1 for 2, run; Jessie Michaels, 2 for 3, double, three RBIs; Cheyanne Burt, 1 for 3; and Bridgett Hampton, 2 for 2, run, walk.
Despite Woodland's offensive vitality the last two games -- including Monday's 15-0 over Cedartown -- Colman Roberts knows his team can get better, offensively and elsewhere.
"[On Wednesday], we're gonna start working on some hitting things, even though we had 18 hits. We got a long way to go," he said. "We're really not worried about who we play. ... I told 'em, 'Don't be concerned about the color of the uniform in the dugout. [Let's] be concerned with ourselves.'"
The Lady Wildcats improved to 7-3, 1-2 in the region. Their next outing will come at county rival Cass (2-3, 1-1) Thursday in a 7:15 p.m. region game.
"We have a tough game Thursday against [Lady Colonels pitcher] Courtney Bailey [and] a well-coached team," Roberts said. "It's a county rival and we get to play on their new field, so it should be fun."
Ringgold 3, Cartersville 0
Something has changed about the Cartersville Lady Purple Hurricanes.
A year ago the closest they came to any team was 11 runs and that was against Gilmer County in their season finale.
This year they've already won their first game, a 6-0 whipping of Pace Academy last week.
Tuesday they fell 3-0 to Ringgold -- a team they lost to by scores of 14-0 and 15-0 a year ago.
The loss dropped Cartersville's overall record to 1-4, 0-1 in Region 7-AAA.
The Lady Canes return to the diamond Thursday when they host Heritage, Catoosa, their second consecutive region foe. Game time is at 5:55 p.m.