The Woodland High School baseball season began with a bang.
That bang came off the bat of Marco Haro, who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of last inning to walk off with a 6-5 win for the Wildcats Thursday at home against Mount Pisgah.
The game was tied at 3-apiece entering the seventh and final frame, but Mount Pisgah scored two runs in the top of the inning to make the score 5-3 in favor of the visitors.
In the ensuing bottom half of the seventh, Woodland’s first two batters made outs, sending the Wildcats down to their last chance. However, Toby Queen was hit by a pitch, Bailey Ward singled and Marco Haro took the first pitch he saw in the at bat over the left field fence to end the game with a dramatic win.
Even before the last-inning heroics, Woodland was playing catch-up most of the game. Mount Pisgah scored one run in the second inning and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Woodland tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when an error with two runners on base scored one run and an RBI single by Zach Wilson tied the game.
Mount Pisgah responded with a run in the fifth, but Woodland came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game again.
Ward went 2-for-4 in the game, while five other Woodland players had one hit.
On the mound, Koby Stansel got the opening day start and went five innings, allowing three runs with six strikeouts. Ben Ammons was the pitcher of record, going two innings and allowing two runs, one earned, with four strikeouts.
Woodland will look to ride the wave of momentum from Haro’s walk-off homer into the team’s next game at Mount Pisgah on Monday.