Woodland struck first in the big run department, tallying three runs in the bottom of the first behind the hitting of Mason Robinson and Grant Robinson.
Both teams failed to score in the second but the Wolves used timely hitting and capitalized on some untimely errors by the Wildcats to send seven runners across the plate for a 7-3 lead in the third inning.
That lead held up until the bottom of the fourth when Mason Robinson opened the frame with a double to key the Wildcats’ second three-run explosion of the evening, one that left Rome leading 7-6 after four full innings of play.
The Wolves scored one run in the sixth and one in the seventh to create some breathing room while preventing the Wildcats from getting in the scoring act again.
Head coach Corey Gochee was pleased with Woodland’s tenacity if not its result.
“Our lineup is really young but I thought we battled,” he said. “We scored three in the first and they scored seven in the third. We scored three in the fourth. They only hit two balls hard in that inning but as pitchers we can’t keep putting guys on base, hitting them and allowing the walks.”
Five Wolves were issues bases on balls and two were hit by pitches.
Woodland scored six runs on six hits. Rome scored its nine runs on 10 hits. Both teams committed three errors.
The Wildcats scored three of their runs in the first inning. Justin Allen singled to shallow center and moved to second when Jarrett Kilgo reached on an error. Robinson then drove Allen and Kilgo in with a triple to the right field wall. Robinson then scored when Grant Robinson reached on an error.
The Wolves answered in the third frame, when they tallied seven hits, two of them doubles, and took a 7-3 lead midway through the inning.
The Wildcats came back an inning later, getting a big jump start through Mason Robinson’s double. He went home when Braden Harris singled to center field, closing the gap to 7-4. Trenton Harrison sent Harris home and a single by Allen scored Will Parsegian as the Wildcats pulled to 7-6 after four full innings of play.
Gochee said the Wildcats faced a tough matchup in Bo Tucker, Rome’s pitching ace.
“We battled pretty good at the plate,” he said. “That kid is going to Georgia. He’s big-armed and we did a pretty good job, but we have to find ways to get him out of there and get to the bullpen. We were one hit away from getting to the bullpen, I think, especially late.”
Tucker pitched a complete game for the Wolves but looked vulnerable, especially late.
Rodolpho Romo took the loss for Woodland.
The loss dropped Woodland’s overall record this season to 6-13 and its region record to 3-10.
The Wildcats return to the diamond on Friday when they visit Hiram, another Region 5-AAAAA opponent.
They have seven region games remaining in their regular season.