At Adairsville, the Tigers scored all their runs in the first three innings and pounded out a 9-1 victory over Pickens County.
North Paulding 5, Woodland 1
The Wildcats scored early against the Wolfpack by taking advantage of a base on balls issued to Markise Smith, who promptly stole second.
Smith scored the game’s first run when Hunter Siniard hit an RBI single. Siniard was later picked off trying to steal second but the Wildcats jumped ahead 1-0, a lead they held until the fifth inning behind the pitching of Hayden Siniard.
Siniard was relieved with two outs in the fifth by Cody Crump, and North Paulding scored when a pitch got by Woodland’s catcher and the two teams were tied at 1-all.
North Paulding scored three runs in its half of the sixth and the Wolfpack took control of the game with a 4-1 lead.
The Wolfpack added a run in the seventh to complete scoring.
Crump took the loss for Woodland.
The defeat was disappointing to Corey Gochee, who said his team must improve offensively if it is to compete in its region.
“I feel our approach at the plate was terrible,” he said. “I didn’t feel like we made adjustments during the game.”
He noted the Wildcats scored in the first inning, after a walk and a RBI single.
“After that, I think we got one baserunner,” he said.
The coach said the team must concentrate on doing the little things it takes to get a hit and to advance runners.
“We can’t just go through the motions at the plate,” he said. “Tonight we looked like a fair weather team. We’re good when things are going well but [not] when we get punched.”
He was more pleased with the pitching by Woodland’s starter.
“I thought Hayden Siniard threw very well,” Gochee said. “He’s a 60s, 70-pitch guy. When he gets to that point that’s sort of his limit right now. He did exactly what we asked, got us into the fifth.”
He said Woodland did not play defense as well as it’s capable of from that point.
“We gave them their first run because we don’t block the ball with two outs and a man on third,” he said. “We scored first and that’s a plus for us, but we didn’t answer back.
“Right now we’re a fair weather team and our approach at the plate is not getting it done.”
He said he believes the Wildcats are a better team than they showed.
Woodland dropped to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in Region 5-AAAAA. The Wolfpack is 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the region.
Woodland next plays today when it visits South Paulding.
It also visits Paulding County on Friday. Games start at 5:55 p.m.
Adairsville 9, Pickens 1
The Adairsville Tigers showed early scoring punch against Pickens and found a way to crank it up.
The Tigers scored one run in the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead only to have Pickens answer offensively and knot the game at 1-all after batting in the top of the second.
The Tigers used the bottom the frame to add two more runs to their total and were up 3-1 after two full innings of play.
In the bottom of the third inning, Adairsville thundered around the bases for six more runs to go up 9-1.
That ended scoring for both teams as neither crossed home plate the rest of the way.
Scoring for Adairsville were Tyler Washington, Hunter Smith, Lane Griffith, two runs each; Colin Bearden, Sean McDermott and Tristin Smith, one run each.
Smith drove in three runs and Nate Medlock sent two runners home.
The winning pitcher was Brandon Shuping.
Adairsville improved its overall record to 6-3 with the victory. The Tigers return to the diamond today when they host North Murray in their first region game.
The game is to start at 5:55 p.m.