However, Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to South Paulding at Allatoona High, albeit disappointing, meant little to the Lady Wildcats besides determining state tournament seeding.
Woodland will now move onto play its first state tournament game Wednesday, Oct. 16.
“I’m still proud of them,” Woodland head coach Colman Roberts said. “We’re going to do a lot of defensive work in practice Friday, Monday and Tuesday, and get ready to play Wednesday.”
Roberts feels his team needs some defensive practice after Wednesday’s loss included six Woodland errors.
“You can’t make that many errors against a good team like that,” Roberts said. “Everything [South Paulding] got was on errors. There were a lot of errors made and they were big.”
However, Woodland’s offense attempted a comeback for the second consecutive game, tagging South Paulding’s pitcher for 12 hits.
Ashley Jordan, Brooke Rogers, Bridgett Hampton, Kereston Franklin, Sydney Hodorff and Brandee Godfrey each had two hits.
Hampton, Franklin and Hodorff each had a double, while Godfrey hit a triple.
The Lady Wildcats had just two hits in a loss to South paulding earlier in the season.
“I was pleased with the way we hit the ball because that pitcher is good,” Roberts said. “We battled back again tonight.”
Cartersville finishes 3rd in region
Like Woodland, Cartersville qualified for the state tournament because of its play on Monday.
The fact that the Lady Canes’ season will continue takes some of the sting out of their two losses Wednesday at Hamilton Crossing to Ringgold and North Murray to finish in third place in Region 5-AAA.
Cartersville lost 3-0 to Ringgold and was no-hit in the game. Lady Canes pitcher Annalyn Yantis pitched a gem of her own, but two unearned runs put her team at a disadvantage early.
The squad had to play a second game immediately following its loss to Ringgold, in which Cartersville lost 10-5 to North Murray.
“We just made way too many errors,” Holsomback said.
Having to play back-to-back games also was tough on the Lady Canes.
“It put us at a really big disadvantage,” Holsomback said of the back-to-back. “It’s fine. Our region is really, really tough.”
The third-place region finish is still good enough to reach the state tournament as Cartersville will open up the tournament on the road Wednesday.