Woodland’s softball squad broke a ninth inning tie to take down Region 7-5A foe Dalton 7-6 on Aug. 25.
The box score was as even as it could be with Woodland having 10 hits and the Lady Catamounts with nine, while both teams committed a pair of errors.
The game was tied 5-5 going to the ninth when the Lady Wildcats scored twice to go up 7-5 in a sacrifice fly by Haley Collum and an RBI single by Kamryn Smith.
Dalton added a single run in the bottom of the inning, but Ashlyn Baines ended the threat to earn the save.
Dalton opened the scoring in the second inning on a solo home run, but Woodland took the lead in the third. Mackenzie Araya led off the top of the third with a single and advanced on a fielder’s choice by Baines. A single by Jordan Hammonds and a Dalton error scored Araya.
Jordan later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cambrie Carrington brought home Hammonds.
Dalton later took a 3-2 lead in the sixth and Woodland tied the game on a double by Peyton Dorn that scored Hammonds. The Lady Wildcats then regained the lead in the eighth on a two-run homer by Smith that put Woodland up 5-3.
Dalton tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The Lady Wildcats again went back on top 7-5 with a pair of runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Collum and an RBI single by Smith. Dalton managed to make it 7-6 and had a runner on third with two outs. Baines struck out the final batter to give Woodland the win.
Smith, a freshman, went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and scored a run. Hammonds, a sophomore, went 4-for-4 with three runs scored.
Collum pitched the firs six innings for Woodland. She gave up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Dorn earned the win, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings.
Baines got the save for her one inning of work. She didn’t give up a run or a hit and struck out one.
The Lady Wildcats (6-5, 3-1 in 7-5A) will face another region foe in Cass (5-5) on Aug. 30, this time at home. The first pitch is set for 5:55 p.m.