STOCKBRIDGE — Opening day has long since passed for softball teams but the preparation for region softball games isn’t over yet as the Woodland Lady Wolfpack hosted McIntosh High Monday.
The Woodland Lady Wolfpack finished last season and missed the postseason by just two games, but there will be several things they’ll have to work through if they hope to make the playoffs. From youth to experienced players hoping to help set an early season tone to a new coach learning more about his team, Monday’s non-region showdown against McIntosh was important.
Woodland fell behind early leading to an early test of their mettle. Their top half of the lineup looked good to put two runs on the board.
”It put a lot of pressure on their defense and their defense made some mistakes and we got a couple of clutch hits,” Deyton said of the top half of his batting order. “The top of the lineup put the ball in play and forced them to make plays and we benefited from couple of their mistakes and found ourselves with a lead.”
The Lady Wolfpack were ahead 2-1 over the Lady Chiefs but in the second inning, pitcher Katelyn Minnihan showed well early despite serving up a second inning solo homerun that led to a two-run inning. The lead the Lady Wolfpack put together evaporated.
”Obviously the homerun contributed, and it was a screwball that was left over the plate a little bit,” Deyton said. “We paid for it.”
The result of the game doesn’t count towards anything other than their overall record. And a weather delay for rain and lightning was the only thing factoring into how the game progressed.