If Woodland’s season doesn’t resume due to the coronavirus-induced shutdown of high school sports, they’ll have a sweet final memory of the 2020 season.
Josie Cross allowed just one hit, and Woodland poured it on with the bats late on their way to a 9-2 area win over rival Ranburne.
Since 2017 Woodland was 2-10 against its nemesis, including multiple area tournament losses that robbed the Lady ‘Cats of area championships.
But with Thursday’s dominant victory, Woodland finally gained the upper hand in the area standings and it looks like it has the team to stay there.
Cross is a big reason for that. Ranburne’s only hit came in the sixth inning and led to the second run of the game for the Lady Bulldogs, but even after that run Woodland was comfortably ahead 5-2.
That lead became even more comfortable as Woodland scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Amy Smith and Juliana Lovvorn led the charge at the plate for Woodland. Both players went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
That win came just two days after Woodland thumped Wadley 17-2 last Tuesday. Woodland bombarded the Lady Bulldogs with 22 hits and scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning to break the game open.
Every player in Woodland’s starting lineup had at least one hit. Madison Mitchell went 4-for-5 with two RBI, and Cross finished 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored.
McKenzie McCormick, Lovvorn and Taylor Wilson also added three hits apiece.
The bright spot for Wadley was Madison Gilliland’s solo home run in the sixth inning that cut the Woodland lead to 6-2.
Cailin Birdsong also went 2-for-4 for the Lady Bulldogs.
The story was similar for Wadley in Wednesday’s game against Reeltown. Wadley scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut Reeltown’s lead to 7-5, but Reeltown answered with nine runs in the bottom of the inning to come away with a 16-5 victory.
Cailin Birdsong went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Katie Overton and Melody Jordan had the only other hits for Wadley.
RCHS moved to 2-0 in area play with a 19-0 waxing of B.B. Comer Thursday. The Lady Tigers scored at least two runs in each inning of the 5-inning contest thanks to an offense that stroked 12 hits and drew nine walks.
Emma Prestridge hit two home runs and came up a triple short of the cycle as she went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs.
Laura Fendley was 2-for-3 with four RBI, and Brantlee Wortham had two hits, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in her four trips to the plate.
Emma Cavender got the start in the circle and earned the win as she allowed just two hits and no walks in four innings.
RCHS finished its week with a sweep at the hands of Ranburne Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs posted wins of 9-0 and 5-2 to drop RCHS’s record to 4-6 overall.
RCHS had just one hit in the first game as they were shut out for the second time this season.
Emma Cavender went 2-for-3 in the second game, and Kamren Bivins was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Mariana Whaley hit a home run and drove in three runs as Handley rolled to a 10-4 area win over Lincoln Thursday.
Handley built a 9-0 lead through the first four innings, and the first two of those runs came off the long ball off of Whaley’s bat in the second inning.
Alexis Henry went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI to help pad the Handley offensive effort.
Malia Pike got the win in the circle as she went 6 and 2/3 innings and struck out eight while giving up three earned runs.
That win came after Handley struck out 18 times against Cleburne County pitcher Jayci Boozer in a 6-1 Heflin victory last Tuesday.
The only hit that Boozer allowed was a solo home run by Alexis Henry with two outs in the seventh, which ruined Boozers no-hit bid.
Handley enters the break with a record 9-10 overall and 1-1 in area play.