Baker strikes out 17 in Woodland win

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Lainey Baker struck out 17 in her complete-game, shutout performance against Villa Rica, as the Woodland High softball team earned a 2-0 region win at home Wednesday.

Baker struck out the side in four of her first five innings in the circle, allowing six hits and no walks over the course of her stellar outing.

After tagging out the passing Villa Rica baserunner, Woodland second baseman Bella Carnes turns to throw to first base to complete the double play. Carnes went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday’s 2-0 win.

She received all the run support she would need in the first inning. The Wildcats scored two runs on four singles and an error. The singles came off the bat of Bella Carnes, Morgan Cooper, Kendyl Hardin and Hannah Miller.

Woodland threatened a couple of more times in the game, including putting runners on third base in the third and fourth innings, but the insurance runs were not needed with Baker on the mound. 

Carnes, who scored one of the runs out of her leadoff position, went 3-for-3 in the game with a double, while Cooper and Hardin each hit two singles for Woodland.

The Wildcats are now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in region play with two road region games on deck for the rest of the week, against Rome today and Cass on Saturday.