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Woodland puts Paulding away early in run-rule shortened game


The Woodland High softball team will be the 3-seed for the region tournament next week. And, despite the game Thursday against Paulding County not having playoff implications, the Lady Wildcats were looking to finish the regular season with momentum. 
Woodland was able to do just that with an 8-0 run-rule victory at home over the Patriots in five innings.
Ace Lainey Baker continued her stellar season with a complete-game, one-hitter, striking out 12 of the 17 batters she faced.
Meanwhile, the offense struck early and often for the Wildcats. An RBI single by Ansley Evans and a Paulding County error scored two runs in the first inning. 
In the second, four consecutive Woodland batters — Hanna Miller, Allyssa Motes, Bella Carnes and Morgan Bailey — singled to lead off. All four would come around to score with the big hit of the inning coming on a double by Kendyl Hardin.
Woodland scored its last two runs of the game in the third inning. An error and a Miller double put two runners in scoring position with no outs to begin the frame. Both baserunners would score on a passed ball and Motes’ sacrifice fly to give the contest its final of 8-0.
For the game, Carnes went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, Evans went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Miller went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Woodland, now 15-10 overall and 12-4 in Region 7-AAAAA, will finish the regular season today at Lassiter.