And though the Woodland softball team didn't request any additional help, it certainly got it Thursday at Cass in the form of six Lady Colonels' errors en route to a 9-1 win.
"I think every coach in the world would tell you the same thing, 'You can't win ball games by making errors,'" said Cass coach Chris Allen. "We should have three outs and (be) out of the (first) inning -- no harm, no foul -- and instead, we allow four more batters to come to the plate. Against a team like Woodland ... you can't give them extra opportunities to swing the bat."
Casey Bucy's run-scoring single put the Lady Wildcats on the scoreboard, and an error by the Lady Colonels allowed two more runs, including Bucy, to score for a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Woodland added three more runs in the second inning on Ainsley Faulk's RBI single, which landed just shy of the grass in left field; Diana Wimpy's RBI single to right field; and Lacey Fritz's RBI triple to right field, which flew over the outstretched arm of Bethany Ballard.
"We were a lot more patient (at the plate), and we talked about hitting up the middle and the other way, hitting by count," Lady Wildcats' coach Colman Roberts said, "and I thought we did a good job tonight.
"It's gonna take all of our kids to do what we want to do. They know that."
Eight Woodland players recorded at least one hit against Cass.
The Lady Wildcats yielded their only run of the game in the third inning when Haley Hood's bouncing single up the middle scored Samaria Curtis, who led off the inning with a single.
Leading 6-1, Woodland was not yet done scoring, adding a run on a Wimpy single -- on a ball the senior shortstop went low and away to hit to right-center field -- and two more on another Cass error.
"A lot of two-strike hits for them," Allen said, "they really hit their tails off. They came out to play. I think that they were probably thinking about a little revenge from us beating them at their place."
The Lady Wildcats seemed intent on playing better than they did in that 4-3 loss to Cass Aug. 26, which broke their season-opening, nine-game win streak.
"When we got off the bus today, I could tell they were ready to play," Roberts said. "We've been talking about being mentally prepared, and a lot of games we weren't. We made six errors last time we played 'em. We concentrated on that. We had a good practice yesterday, and I'm proud of 'em. They played good."
"They've been focused for a week or two," added Roberts, whose team has won the Cherokee and Carrollton invitationals the prior two weekends. "We wanted to be prepared for Cass. ... They're a good team."
"They're who they are and they have the record they have and they're ranked where they're ranked because they make plays when they have to," said Allen of the Lady Wildcats, who are ranked No. 3 in the Class AAA GACA Coaches Poll.
"I'm disappointed," said Allen, who thought his team may have been trying to do too much on its Senior Night. "Obviously, we didn't play them the way we usually play 'em. ... We always expect a close game. I think it got out of hand quick."
Emily Clay picked up the win for Woodland, going five innings and giving up one earned run on six hits and no walks. She had seven strikeouts.
Courtney Bailey took the loss for the Lady Colonels, pitching four innings and giving up three earned runs and 10 hits with four strikeouts.
Afterward, however, concern shifted to Bailey's health, including interest from Roberts, whose daughter is friends with the freshman pitcher.
Allen said his young hurler appeared to try and block a ball hit by Cheyanne Burt in the top of the fourth inning. The ball, he said, caught the meaty part of Bailey's right hand, which may have spared her any serious injury.
Bailey, though, did not return, and senior Jessica Fetzer pitched the final inning for Cass. She gave up a hit and struck out one.
On offense, the Lady Colonels got hits from Curtis 2-for-3; Hood, 1-for-2 (RBI); Ballard, 2-for-2; and Allison Story, 1-for-2.
Woodland's hits came from Faulk, 2-for-4 (RBI); Olivia Rutledge, 1-for-3; Wimpy, 2-for-3 (two RBIs); Fritz 2-for-3 (RBI); Bucy, 1-for-3 (RBI); Sydney Flowers, 1-for-2 (walk); Erin Hitchcock, 1-for-3; and Burt, 1-for-3.
The Lady Wildcats (23-4, 6-2 Region 7A-AAAA) locked up a No. 2 seed for the region tournament, which begins Saturday, Oct. 2. They would need help to overtake Sequoyah, which will likely finish with the No. 1 seed in their sub-region.
"(The) No. 1 seed was important to us to start with and we went through that (three-game) slide, and we kind of got off that and started focusing on how we play," Roberts said. "Even though we're the No. 2 seed, it's going to be tough."
Woodland's final regular-season game comes Tuesday against Gordon Central as the Lady Wildcats celebrate Senior Night.
For Cass (13-11-1, 3-4), it will look to rebound with its final regular-season game also coming Tuesday at Sequoyah.
"It stings, it hurts, all losses do, but tomorrow's a new day," Allen said. "Our girls have not yet shown that they're not ready to take that next step."