Though Woodstock took an 8-0 lead early on, Sequoyah battled back to tie it in the sixth, only to see the Lady Wolverines once again take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
After a quiet first two innings, Woodstock (4-5) got on the board when a Danielle Rubin’s groundout drove in Reese Dennis. It was one of three RBIs for Rubin on the night.
Carolyn Edwards doubled the Lady Wolverines’ lead with an RBI single that brought home Caroline Nolen.
Woodstock continued to add to its lead with three runs in the fourth and fifth inning to make it 8-0.
Going into the sixth, the Lady Wolverines had shot to end the game an inning early with the run rule, but Sequoyah (6-3) came out swinging.
After loading the bases with three straight singles, Hannah Kidd gave the Lady Chiefs their first run of the game with an RBI single.
Kidd was followed by second baseman Courtney Gibbs, who sent a pitch to deep center field for a three-run double, pulling Sequoyah to within four.
Laney Joyner, Elizabeth Prance, Olivia Black and Mikayla Cagle followed with RBIs of their own to tie the game up.
Sequoyah’s work was undone, however, as Woodstock took the lead once again in the bottom of the sixth off the bat of Nolen, whose RBI single would prove to be the game-winning run.
Makenzie Allen and Kelsey Crouch provided the Lady Wolverines’ final RBIs.
Crouch, who entered the game in the sixth to replace starting pitcher Rubin, pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up three runs off of three hits.
Rubin lasted 5 1/3 innings, walked two and gave up five runs off of six hits.
Despite the shaky sixth inning, Woodstock coach Kortney Dempsey was pleased with her team’s performance.
“I was pleased that the girls showed up in the batters’ box and were aggressive on defense,” Dempsey said. “The most impressive thing to me was our intensity. Whether it was 8-0 or 8-8, the team never took any pitches off.”
As for the Sequoyah’s rally, Dempsey was actually happy to see it.
“Rallies happen,” she said. “I’m actually kind of glad that it happened, because it challenges the girls and makes them grow. It’s good to have this kind of game early in the season.”
Sequoyah coach Todd Morrissey felt a breakdown in fundamentals cost his team the game.
“We just have to make routine plays,” Morrissey said. “We make the plays that we’re supposed to and we win the game.”