Woodland tops No. 1-ranked Northwest
by Andrew B. Adler
Sep 25, 2012 | 1335 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland softball coach Colman Roberts decided that playing the No. 1 state-ranked Class AAAA team would provide an excellent opportunity for his Lady Wildcats to prepare for the 5-AAAAA region tournament, which begins Wednesday at Adairsville.

Roberts should feel extremely confident about his team’s chances after the Lady Wildcats led from start to finish in defeating host Northwest Whitfield, 7-4, Monday evening.

The Lady Bruins were 21-2 overall, 8-0 in the region heading into their encounter with Woodland, which had won three of its past four games.

“Our objective was to play well against a No. 1 state-ranked team,” said Roberts, “and then play at that same level in the upcoming region tournament. It was a big win for us.”

First up in the region tournament will be the Hiram Hornets, a team that Woodland lost to, 2-1, in eight innings back in August.

“That was a tough loss to take,” said Roberts, who still remembers having runners and first and third in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs and failing to score.

Against Northwest Whitfield, the Lady Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Lacey Fritz’s two-run RBI single.

Fritz’s hit drove in Taylor Braselton, who reached after being hit by a pitch, and then advanced to third on Bailey Roberts’ double.

Braselton scored on a wild pitch and Roberts on a Bruins’ throwing error in the third inning to give the Lady Wildcats a 4-0 lead.

Northwest Whitfield cut Woodland’s lead to 4-3 with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth before the Lady Wildcats broke the game open with three runs in the top of the sixth.

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