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Wildcats top Wolves in thriller


After falling behind early, the Woodland baseball team erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to tie the score against Rome March 1 in Floyd County. The Wildcats then used a six-run outburst in the top of the seventh to earn a 13-8 victory and a season sweep of the Wolves.

Less than a week after a 14-5 triumph over its former Region 7-5A rival, Woodland finished strong in a 13-8 victory.

In the five-run victory, the Wildcats (4-3) pushed across two runs in the top of the opening frame. However, the Wolves scratched out runs in each of the first four innings for a 7-2 edge.

Woodland produced four hits in the key fifth frame but also took advantage of a massive two-out error that allowed two runs to score, evening the game at 7-all. Following a tie-breaking sacrifice fly, the Wildcats saw their next six batters reach with two outs to extend the lead to 13-7.

The Wolves loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh only to see the visitors escape with just one run allowed.

Ayden Ray and Mason Williams each drove in four runs for Woodland. Williams matched Jakiyon Porter and Julian Wright with a team-high two hits. Porter scored three runs, while Wright, Ray and Jacob Gravett scored twice each.