BY NICHOLAS SULLIVAN
Kennesaw Mountain 14, Woodland 4, 5 innings
Two big innings by Kennesaw Mountain proved to be enough to send Woodland to a run-rule defeat in the consolation finals of the Battle for Bartow Baseball Classic.
Immediately after the Wildcats had jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Mustangs posted a six-run inning and added a five-spot in the fifth to end the 14-4 game.
Ben Ammons pitched the first four innings for Woodland. He threw well outside of second inning that snowballed out of control. Otherwise, Ammons allowed just one run against a solid Class 7A opponent.
Following Kennesaw Mountain’s first outburst, Woodland (3-4) responded in the fourth to cut the deficit in half. Three consecutive singles — the last of which came off the bat of Zach Wilson — led to the first run. Peyton Posey later drove home a run with a single of his own.
Wilson led the Wildcats with a 2-for-2 showing, capping a great tournament in which he finished 4-for-7 with three walks, three runs scored and three RBIs. Toby Queen wound up 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss. Posey and Scotty Smith each went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Following a 1-2 weekend, Woodland will be look to start off the Region 7-AAAAA schedule on the right foot with two games against Paulding County — at home Monday and on the road Wednesday.