Wildcats fall in extra innings

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Kell 2, Woodland 0 (9 innings)

For the third time in as many Region 7-AAAAA games, Woodland’s Lainey Baker pitched outstanding. Unfortunately for the sophomore, for the second time, her counterpart was just a little bit better.

Baker struck out 15 batters with no walks over nine innings, but Mia DeAngelis proved to be the difference in a 2-0 road win for Kell on Tuesday.

DeAngelis slugged a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and finished off her complete-game shutout in the bottom half of the frame. Overall, she gave up just two hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts against the Wildcats (2-2, 1-2).

Woodland’s Brianna Hill became the game’s first baserunner after hitting a one-out single in the third inning. Hannah Miller reached on a dropped third strike with two outs in the fourth, and Morgan Cooper drew a leadoff walk in the eighth. Each time, though, the Wildcats failed to get the key hit.

The Longhorns (3-4, 2-2) made them pay in the second extra inning. With one out, DeAngelis sent a blast over the left-field fence. She then worked around a two-out single in the home half by Ansley Evans to close out the game.

Woodland will look to bounce back in a rivalry meeting with Cass on Thursday. Both teams are currently part of the logjam in the middle of the region standings.