Roberts’ strategy paid off Tuesday evening at Woodland High as his team defeated Villa Rica in a score-shortened game, 10-0, to win its first region game.
“A win’s a win. We did what it took,” Roberts said. “It’s a region win so that’s big. I’m happy. We have 10 region games, and if you finish in first or second, you host the region tournament. It’s a huge incentive to win the region.
“We are going to play those region games like each one is the state championship.”
Junior pitcher Brooke Rogers had nine strikeouts in the game.
“Brooke pitched a great game,” Roberts said. “She had nine strikeouts and maybe one hit. It was a little pop-up that should have been caught. So she was strong.”
“Kereston Franklin hit the ball hard tonight, so that was a plus. She’s been down the last couple of games, so we got her hitting back.”
Still, the most important aspect of Tuesday’s win for Woodland is to get the first region win under the team’s belt.
“We’ve always had [winning the region] as one of our goals, so there’s the first win,” Roberts said. “We got that out of the way.”
The Lady Wildcats will take on Sprayberry today at home in an out-of-region matchup at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Colonels fell 8-0 Tuesday at Heritage in a tune-up for region play starting Thursday.
Heritage has a strong program and Cass ran into a talented pitcher.
“They are the third-ranked team for a reason,” Cass coach Greg Hight said. “They’re solid. They scored one run in the first, four in the second and two in the third. Then they scored their last run in the fifth inning.”
Cass decided not to go with pitching ace Courtney Bailey in order to rest her for Thursday’s contest against River Ridge.
“She’s sore, plus we play a big region game next so we want to rest her for that,” Cass coach Greg Hight said. “We weren’t going to take a chance throwing her in the game before we play our first region game, so we had no plans to throw her.”
The game lasted five innings. Cass had three hits in the five innings, which came consecutively in the fourth inning with no outs. However, the Lady Colonels were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
“Our bats were a little flat tonight,” Hight said.
Hight is more concerned with getting his team, which is now 3-3, into its region portion of the schedule.
“We didn’t play our best game, but we didn’t really drop our heads either,” Hight said. “This game really meant nothing. Right now beating River Ridge means a lot more than beating Heritage.”