Photo by Brian Paglia / Union Grove gets it first run across homeplate during the Lady Wolverines' victory against Ola on Thursday in the Region 4-AAAAA tournament at the Gerald Mathews Complex in Lovejoy.
STOCKBRIDGE — Woodland third baseman DeAnna Fulton scored from third base on a wild-pitch to give the Lady Wolfpack a walk-off 4-3 comeback victory over Locust Grove to clinch the Region 4-AAAA title.
Fulton's score capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning that featured a bunt, three walks and a run-scoring ground-out from second baseman Danielle Castleberry to give Woodland (16-11) the school's region title ever in any sport.
"It means a lot," Woodland coach Kelli Poff said. "We have four seniors who have been with me since they were freshmen. They wanted it real bad. The whole team came together. ... It's a huge accomplishment for our program, but it gives us some momentum going into the playoffs."
Poff lauded the effort by pitcher Bethany Osif who pitched every game during the region tournament.
Woodland has home field advantage for the first two rounds of the state tournament. It will play the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAA on Wednesday.
Union Grove prevails
LOVEJOY — The Lady Wolverines got a walk-off 3-2 victory over No. 1-ranked Northgate to win the Region 4-AAAAA title.
It's Union Grove's second straight region title and fourth overall.
Union Grove (23-5-2) had to go through Mundy's Mill (12-2), No. 2 Whitewater (8-2) and No. 7 Ola to reach the finals against a Lady Vikings team it lost to Aug. 23 in their first meeting.
Union Grove has home field advantage for the first two rounds of the state tournament. It will play the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAAA on Wednesday.