The Lady Longhorns (22-5) won Game 1 of the first-round series, 9-8.
"(In the) first game, I think we outhit 'em, (we) just made some mistakes," Woodland coach Colman Roberts said. "They're a good team. We just weren't on our game today.
"But I'm proud of 'em (Lady Wildcat players). I love everyone one of 'em."
Kell got out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on back-to-back-to-back RBI singles from Taylor Scarpantonio, Sarah Flatebo and Katie Blair.
The Lady Longhorns added two more runs -- on a Sam Quarles sacrifice fly and a wild pitch -- in the fourth.
The Lady Wildcats got back into the game in the bottom half of the inning, as Diana Wimpy's two-run, bases-loaded double made it 5-3.
Taylor Braselton scored on Ainsley Faulk's groundout a couple of batters earlier.
Kell put the onus on Woodland, though, to keep up with its high-scoring ways, adding a run on an error in the fifth, and four runs in the sixth on Scarpantonio's RBI double, Flatebo's two-run single and another error.
By the time the seventh and final inning rolled around, the Lady Longhorns led 10-3 before adding two runs on Scarpantonio's double to left field and one on Flatebo's run-scoring groundout.
Natalie Boyd gave up an earned run on seven hits and three walks, while Emily Clay yielded 10 earned runs on 11 hits, 10 walks and three strikeouts.
Lady Wildcat hitters were: Olivia Rutledge 2-for-3, (double, walk); Wimpy, 3-for-3 (triple, walk, two doubles, two RBIs); Casey Bucy, 1-for-3 (walk); Braselton, 1-for-3 (walk); and Erin Hitchcock, 1-for-4 (walk).
Kell hitters were: Sam Quarles, 2-for-5 (double, RBI); Kelsey Mericka, 1-for-1 (four walks); Boyd, 1-for-3 (two walks); Scarpantonio, 3-for-5 (double, four RBIs); Flatebo, 2-for-4 (walk, four RBIs); Blair, 1-for-5 (RBI); and Emily Flatebo, 1-for-2 (double, two walks).
An unfortunate fourth inning hurt Woodland's chances of winning Game 1 of the GHSA state softball tournament, which it lost by one run, 9-8, to Kell.
The Lady Wildcats had just taken their second lead of the game -- 4-3 -- and had two outs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth.
Lady Longhorn third baseman Sarah Flatebo hit a hard liner to first base that glanced off of Sydney Flowers' glove.
The error plated two runs, and Hitchcock's subsequent throw went into the Lady Wildcats' dugout to score one more run, as Kell regained the lead, 7-5.
The Lady Longhorns also loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth as Boyd delivered a two-run double to left-center field.
Down 9-5 in the sixth, Woodland rallied once more, starting with Wimpy's home run to straight away center field.
Following Lacey Fritz's single to left field, Casey Bucy pulled the Lady Wildcats to within one run when she pulled Boyd's pitch to left field for a two-run homer, which stayed just inside the foul pole.
Woodland would add no more runs, going 1-2-3 in the seventh inning.
"We had two big home runs by Wimpy and Bucy," Roberts said of Woodland's sixth inning.
Already the all-time home run leader for the Lady Wildcats, Wimpy's home run -- No. 19 of her career -- put her in a three-way tie for third all-time in the state.
Clay (six innings, three earned runs, 10 hits, five walks, one strikeout) was tagged with the loss, while Boyd (seven innings, six earned runs, 13 hits, two walks, one strikeout) grabbed the win for Kell.
The Lady Wildcats scored one run in the first inning on an error by Emily Flatebo on Fritz's grounder to third.
Despite having the bases loaded with no outs, however, Woodland couldn't manage more than that.
The Lady Longhorns jumped ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the first.
Boyd's RBI single off the left field wall tied the game at 1-all.
A grounder -- fielded by Clay to her right -- by Sarah Flatebo would have been the final out, but the pitcher's throw went for an error, scoring a run.
A throwing error by Brittany Mahrt on the ensuing grounder scored two more runs.
The Lady Wildcats would come back to take the lead a few innings later, 5-4, on RBI singles from Faulk, Rutledge and Bucy, and a Kell error.
Faulty defense returned the lead to the Lady Longhorns.
Woodland had 13 hits, from Faulk (2-for-5, RBI), Rutledge (2-for-4, RBI), Wimpy (2-for-3, walk, RBI), Fritz (1-for-3, walk), Bucy (2-for-4, three RBIs), Hitchcock (2-for-4) and Braselton (2-for-4).
Kell got hits from Allie Sheffield (1-for-3, walk), Mericka (2-for-3, walk), Boyd (3-for-4, three RBIs), Scarpantonio (1-for-2, two walks), Ashley Langley (2-for-3, walk) and Emily Flatebo (1-for-4).
The loss brought to an end the careers of eight Lady Wildcat seniors -- Mahrt, Rutledge, Faulk, Cary Cole, Wimpy, Clay, Hitchcock and Ashley Waddell.
"I love coming down the hill (and seeing their faces)," Roberts of his players. "I was out of practice two days due to a family death, and they supported me 100 percent."
The ninth-year Woodland coach said players greeted him with open arms when he returned prior to the Region 7-AAAA tournament.
Of his seniors, Roberts hopes some of what they brought to the table rubs off on next year's returnees.
"Hopefully, they showed the younger kids what to do and how hard to work," he said. "They're probably the winningest class in the history of the program, even though we didn't get to Columbus."