Luke Patterson and Gavin Livsey allowed four hits and struck out 13 in taking the road victory for the Wildcats.
Woodland had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, added a single run in the second, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and a run in the sixth to tally their runs.
Paulding scored its run in the third frame.
Coach Corey Gochee said having Woodland score runs early helped pave the way for the win. “When we jump out early and get some runs, it takes a little pressure off our pitchers and lets them just pitch.”
He said Patterson and Livsey both were effective, too.
“Luke’s velocity seemed pretty good,” Gochee said. “He was able to locate his fastball, his curve and a changeup. That’s what he’s expected to do, go out and pitch well, being a guy I expect to eat up a lot of innings for us.
“Gavin is another senior, but he’s a little new and we’re trying to get him some work as we move into the meat of our region schedule.”
Patterson started for Woodland, working five innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out 10.
Livsey threw two innings, allowed no hits, struck out three, and gave up no runs or walks.
Cass 12, Rockmart 3
Cass loaded up on heavy hitters Friday and Rockmart felt the brunt of it as the Colonels trounced the Jackets, 12-3, in high school baseball action.
The Colonels also controlled the Jackets defensively as Chaz Wilson limited Rockmart to three runs on the mound while picking up the victory.
“We came out and swung the bat well and competed and played a good seven innings of baseball,” Adam Williams, Cass coach, said. “Chaz pitched through five innings and threw well. He did a great job for us.”
Brandon Etheridge and Sam Russell led the Colonels offensively, both accounting for three hits each.
“We played good team baseball, and I was proud of our kids and the way they played,” Williams said.
The Colonels scored two runs in the first, seven in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.
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