However, a first inning filled with defensive miscues cost the Lady Wildcats’ softball team in the first game of the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash Tournament as the squad took its third loss of the season by a score of 4-3.
Two errors, a walk and a hit resulted in all four of Sprayberry’s runs in the first inning. None of the runs were earned and pitcher Brooke Rogers would shut down the opposing offense the rest of the way.
“I though she pitched well,” Woodland coach Colman Roberts said of Rogers. “We had those two errors in [the first] inning. We have to play solid defense.”
Rogers struck out six Sprayberry batters in the six innings she pitched. After the first inning, she gave up just two base runers in the remaining five defensive innings.
“I get stronger as I go,” Rogers said. “I just throw better as I get warmed up.”
Not only did Rogers pitch well, she also had two hard-hit singles in the game.
Woodland fell behind early because of the defensive miscues, but worked quickly to get back in the game.
Senior Ashley Jordan delivered a clutch hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning. Jordan lined a single up the middle to drive in two runs.
In the third inning, Kereston Franklin came through for the second game in a row as her double drove home a run with two runners on and no outs.
Unfortunately for Woodland, the team was unable to score any more runs in the inning.
“We had a couple of chances. We had six hits and they were all spread out,” Roberts said. “We really hadn’t hit the ball all year, to be honest. We just have to keep working at hitting together.”
Bailey Roberts had a nice game with a double in the first inning and a diving catch in the third.
The Lady Wildcats will try to bounce back as they go on the road today for their second region game of the season. They won their first region game Tuesday against Villa Rica.
“We’re just going to come back to work tomorrow. We play Hiram and they are very good. They have a real good pitcher, so that will be a good game,” Roberts said of Hiram. “It’s a good time to work on the little things and get better defensively.”