Collision course

Woodland's Hunter Braswell runs into Ranburne third baseman Caleb Hill during Friday's 9-5 Ranburne win.

Woodland stumbled out of the gate in area play last week as Ranburne issued three straight losses to the Bobcats.

Ranburne is now 6-0 in area play and in the driver’s seat to win the area championship, as those six wins came against chief playoff contenders Horseshoe Bend and Woodland.

Woodland is still in contention for a playoff spot, but the Bobcats will have to win next week’s series against Horseshoe Bend in order to remain in the hunt.

Here’s how the Woodland-Ranburne series played out.

Ranburne 16, Woodland 4

Ranburne pitcher Brock Young recorded 16 strikeouts and held Woodland to two earned runs as Ranburne ran away with game one last Tuesday, 16-4.

Dalton Bolan and Hunter Braswell were bright spots at the top of the order for Woodland. Bolan went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Braswell was also 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

Jared Prince had the only other RBI for the Bobcats, and Tate Bradford went 1-for-3 with a triple.

Ranburne 9, Woodland 5

Ranburne secured the series victory with a 9-5 win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader in Ranburne.

Woodland jumped out a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half, but Ranburne took control with one run in the second and four more in the third and never relinquished the lead.

Ranburne scored nine runs on just four hits, but the Bulldogs benefited from seven walks, three hit batsmen and three Woodland errors.

Jared Prince and Eli Rollins had two hits each for Woodland. Samuel Robertson went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and an RBI.

Ranburne 15, Woodland 5

Ranburne broke a 5-5 tie with 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure a 15-5 win over Woodland in Friday’s series finale.

Jared Prince went 4-for-4 with three RBI to pace Woodland’s offense. Dalton Bolan was 3-for-4 and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot.

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