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Woodland powers past Lady Bulldogs to stay alive

Woodland’s Super Regional got off to a rocky start, but the Lady Wildcats quickly righted the ship and will continue their season following a pivotal win on Oct. 20.

Woodland and Winder-Barrow were tied 2-2 before Barrow scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to hand the Lady Wildcats a 6-2 loss. The Lady Wildcats then bounced back with a 4-0 win over Chapel Hill in an elimination game.

“The kids played well defensively, we didn’t’ have any errors in either game,” Woodland Coach Todd Eubanks said. “The first game, they (Winder-Barrow) scored six runs on three home runs. In the second game, we hit two out to put us up 2-0. The kids played well. It’s playoff ball, we have got to take advantage of situations. Every pitch matters.”

Winder-Barrow 6, Woodland 2

Barrow hit a first inning home run to go up 1-0 and then made it 2-0 in the bottom of the third with another home run.

Woodland rallied with a single run in the fourth. Jordan Hammonds led off the inning with a single and advanced on a sacrifice by Peyton Dorn. One out later Hammonds scored on a double by Kamryn Smith to make it 2-1.

The Lady Wildcats tied the game with a run in the fifth. The inning started with singles by Haley Collum and Bailey Sakacsi. Hammonds then singled home pinch runner Taylor Hancock to tie the game at 2-2.

The game remained knotted up unto the bottom of the sixth until a grand slam home run put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 6-2.

Ashlyn Dowdy started off the seventh with a single, but Woodland couldn’t get her home in a 6-2 loss.

Woodland had eight hits, but couldn’t get any runners home. Hammonds was the only Lady Wildcat with multiple hits with two. Hammonds and Smith each picked up RBIs.

Collum took the loss. She gave up six runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking one in five innings of work. Dowdy threw the final inning and gave up one hit, but no runs. She had no strikeouts or walks.

Woodland 4, North Springs 0

The Lady Wildcats too a 2-0 led in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back home runs by Smith and Cambrie Carrington.

Woodland then scored two more runs in the fifth. Sakacsi and Alana Carnes started the inning with a pair of singles. Sakacsi then stole home and then Smith doubled home Carnes.

That was more than enough offense as pitchers Dowdy and Collum combined for the shutout. Dowdy earned the win as she gave up no runs and four hits in five innings while striking out three and walking two. Collum got the save. She gave up no runs on one hit in two innings while striking out three and walking none.

The Lady Wildcats finished with eight hits, two of them homers by Smith and Carrington along with two doubles by Smith and Carrington.

Smith finished with three hits and two RBIs and Carrington had two hits and one RBI.