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Woodland softball falls short in playoffs
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
October 24, 2012 05:36 PM | 5887 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Woodland High School senior softball players Taylor Braselton, 17, daughter of Jan and Rick Braselton of Cartersville, Lacey Fritz, 17, daughter of Donna and Mark Fritz of Cartersville and Sydney Flowers, 17, daughter of Stacey and Andy Flowers of Cartersville.
From left, Woodland High School senior softball players Taylor Braselton, 17, daughter of Jan and Rick Braselton of Cartersville, Lacey Fritz, 17, daughter of Donna and Mark Fritz of Cartersville and Sydney Flowers, 17, daughter of Stacey and Andy Flowers of Cartersville.
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The Woodland Lady Wildcats softball team ended their season 21-12 on Oct. 11 as they fell to the Loganville Red Devils in the first round of the state playoffs.

“We were very excited about making the state playoffs again. After not making it last year, we felt we had something to prove,” said head softball coach Colman Roberts.

In a best-of-three series, these two teams were set at 1-1 at the end of the day, with Loganville winning the first game 9-1 and the Wildcats taking game two 4-2.

The series ended with Woodland on the losing side of a 9-4 game.

“They are back-to-back region champs and played in the Elite Eight last year. We knew going into the series, it would be tough,” said Roberts.

While the Lady Wildcats did not advance to the second round, Roberts said he was not disappointed in his girls and felt they played hard despite a few errors in game one.

“I thought we really competed against Loganville during the series. Coming back in game two to win was big. Many teams would have thrown in the towel, but the kids really came back and battled. Game three was a really good game and was intense at times. We just came up short, but I am proud of them,” Roberts said.

This season, just as any season, there were some players who stood out from the rest and put up some good numbers.

On the pitcher’s mound, sophomore Brooke Rogers was the standout athlete. With 19 wins this season, Rogers tied the season win record for Woodland. Rogers pitched 30 games this season and finished with an ERA of 2.78 and 85 strikeouts.

On the offensive side of the ball, Roberts named seniors Taylor Braselton and Lacey Fritz as his top players.

Braselton played in 32 games this season with 38 hits, 30 runs and 18 RBIs. Fritz played in all 33 games this season with 34 hits, 23 runs and 29 RBIs.

Both of these four-year starters have committed to play ball on the collegiate level. Braselton will play at Reinhardt University in Waleska and Fritz at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.

“The stats will definitely not lie and the pitchers they faced all year were very tough. You have to consider things such as that. We faced Emily Boyd for three games at Northwest Whitfield. She is a signee of Ole Miss,” Roberts said.­
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