Such was the case Thursday when the Woodland softball team lost at home to Paulding County 2-1 when Samford commit Hannah Trombley hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to send the Lady Wildcats to a second-round region tournament loss.
“They’re a good, well-coached bunch,” Woodland head coach Colman Roberts said of Paulding County. “We just came up short. They made it tough on us. We got beat by a good player. She’s a good hitter and makes things happen.”
Trombley hit a home run Tuesday night as well. One of the runs scored on Thursday’s home run was unearned after a Woodland error put the tying run on base in the sixth inning. That is when Trombley came up and delivered the big blow, capitalizing on the defensive mistake.
“I tell them all the time, ‘Errors breed hits.’ My grandfather told me that a long, long time ago and I believe in that,” Roberts said. “We talked about that yesterday, about communicating on bunts and talking on fly balls, and we didn’t do that.”
The Lady Wildcats still have a chance to make the state playoffs. They have to win Monday night at 4 p.m. against North Paulding High at Allatoona High.
“We have to win Monday to get in now. We can do it,” Roberts said. “We’ve been here many times. We came through last year and made it, as a matter of fact. We just have to regroup and try to stay sharp. I’m not disappointed in them at all. They give it all they got.”
Paulding County’s pitcher gave the Lady Wildcats their biggest problem as they only managed three hits in the game.
“I didn’t think we made the adjustments at the plate against Paulding. I was hoping we were going to,” Roberts said. “We were down in the count a lot and [Paulding’s pitcher] was throwing the change up, which we didn’t make adjustments on. I try to tell them to stay in advantage counts and look for something we can drive and it just didn’t happen that
Senior Ashley Jordan had the first hit for Woodland, a two-out line drive single to bring in senior Darby Cagle from second base in the third inning. It was Jordan’s fourth hit in the two region tournament games. Bailey Roberts and Kereston Franklin also had hits in the game, but it was not enough to overcome Trombley’s home run.
Monday night’s game will determine if the team can go on to accomplish one of its goals of reaching the state tournament.
“It would be disappointing if we don’t make the state tournament,” Roberts said. “We’re going to come in and regroup and try to continue our season. It is what it is. We’re going to come back and battle and hopefully we get in.”
Canes finish second in region
On Sept. 17, after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Ringgold, Cartersville’s goal of earning the second seed in the region tournament seemed unlikely.
The Lady Canes knew they would likely have to win five consecutive games to earn a first-round bye.
That unlikely goal became a reality Thursday night as Cartersville defeated Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 9-1 to record its fifth consecutive victory and set the squad up nicely for a playoff run.
“It was a team goal. The girls knew what they had to do, win five games in a row,” Cartersville head coach Rick Holsomback said. “All the adversity has made us better. We had some personnel issues and lost all those close games. We lost [four region games] by one run.”
Cartersville will play Monday at 5 p.m. at Hamilton Crossing.
Who they play has not been determined yet.
“They are happy they made their goal,” Holsomback said of how his team felt after securing the second seed. “We have more work to do, but we worked to get where we are now.”
If the Lady Canes want to win their region, they will have to eventually defeat Ringgold, which went undefeated in region play and is ranked second in AAA according to MaxPreps.com.
Cartersville lost two games to Ringgold by scores of 4-3 and 1-0.