Each game ended on the run-rule because of big innings by the winning team.
The Lady Wildcats were on the winning side of their first game, a 12-0 victory over Roswell, and on the losing side of a 12-2 final against North Forsyth at Woodland High.
“I like playing in this tournament. It gives you good competition, especially if you do well,” Woodland head coach Colman Roberts said. “You can build on it.”
Woodland can certainly build on their offensive performance against Roswell as the team utilized a 10-run, nine-hit second inning to put the game away early.
The Lady Wildcats sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning and scored all 10 of their runs with two outs.
Sydney Hodorff led off with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Kereston Franklin. Brooke Rogers then singled and sophomore Shelby Rainey walked to load the bases. Valerie Glass then fell behind in the count but fought off three pitches to walk on a nine-pitch at bat and score Hodorff.
It was then that the hit parade started as Bailey Roberts lined a single for an RBI and Courtney Godfrey followed with a triple to clear the bases and give Woodland a 5-0 lead.
Godfrey was moved to the No. 2 spot in the order Friday night after batting sixth for the first few games of the year. The junior is leading the team with 12 RBIs.
“Courtney has been hitting well,” Colman Roberts said. “She’s been working hard. She’s always been good here, and then Shelby Rainey’s a sophomore. She hits the ball hard.”
Bridgett Hampton followed Godfrey with a single to bring in a sixth run in the inning. Hodorff added her second single of the inning as the next batter. Rogers then had her second opposite field single of the inning to drive in another run. Rainey followed suit with a single for Woodland’s 10th run of the frame.
“We started hitting last night, so maybe it’s starting to come around,” Roberts said Saturday. “I did change the lineup, but we’ve been talking about the same things we’ve been talking about. Our approach at the plate has been better, but we haven’t changed anything except the lineup, wiggled that around a little bit.”
Woodland would score two more runs in the third inning. Glass led off and was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base on Bailey Roberts’ double and scored on a wild pitch. Hodorff then drove Roberts home on a sacrifice fly.
Hodorff is leading the Lady Wildcats with a .423 batting average this season while Roberts, who has moved to the leadoff spot, is hitting .414. Glass was the leadoff hitter, but was moved to the ninth spot to provide a “second leadoff” hitter in the lineup and reached base in both of her plate appearances against Roswell.
“Bailey has hit in the 2-hole her whole life and she hit behind pretty dang good leadoff hitters,” Colman Roberts said “But once you get through that lineup, [Glass] becomes another leadoff, in my opinion.”
Rogers started in the circle for Woodland and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits to go along with three strikeouts. Rogers now has a 1.42 ERA on the year.
“Brooke pitched very well,” Colman Roberts said. “She stayed ahead of the count, kept them off balance and we played good D behind her.”
In the second game against North Forsyth, Woodland carried over its hot hitting into the first inning when Hodorff hit an RBI single to score Roberts, who singled to lead off the game.
North Forsyth responded with an unearned run in the second inning and an earned run in the fourth.
Woodland tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when a North Forsyth error put Hodorff on and she advanced to third on a single by Franklin before scoring on a groundout by Rogers.
However, the game would be called after five innings after North Forsyth put up 10 runs in the fifth on promising freshman pitcher Lilly Watson.
“I thought Lilly did good. She’s a freshman and I told her after that one inning that she’s going to grow every time she throws to where she’s good. She’s already good. We were in the game, but we made some errors behind Lilly,” Colman Roberts said. “They started hitting. Their coach said they have a different team every night. Last night, they didn’t hit well. Today, they did.”
The final game of the day came after a seven-hour layoff for the Lady Wildcats. Archer took advantage with five runs in the first two innings on its way to a 7-5 victory.
Woodland countered Archer’s early offensive surge with one run in the first inning and another in the third to draw within three runs.
However, Archer would extend the lead with a run in each the fifth and sixth innings.
Woodland put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but would fall short in the end.
Hampton hit the first home run of the season for Woodland in the game while Godfrey hit her second triple of the day and drove in two runs. Hodorff and Rogers each had their second two-hit game of the day and Hodorff drove in a run. Bailey Roberts added a hit and a walk, scoring two runs and driving in another.
The Lady Wildcats are now 3-6 on the year and will play again Tuesday at home against Sequoyah in a region game.