Grayson Bagwell tossed a five-hit shutout Wednesday evening as the Woodland Wildcats blanked Hiram 8-0 and stayed alive for the fourth and final state playoff berth in Region 7-5A.
Woodland took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, added two more runs in the third inning, and scored five runs over the final two frames for the 8-0 victory Wednesday. That was more than enough offense for Bagwell, who scattered five hits and one walk over seven innings. He fanned eight. Hunter Reaid led the Woodland offensive attack with three hits, including a home run and two RBIs.
Meanwhile, Villa Rica came-from-behind to defeat Paulding County 6-5 to take the race for the final playoff spot to the final day of the regular season on Friday. One more Villa Rica win or a Woodland loss puts Villa Rica in the playoffs. Woodland must defeat Hiram again and needs a Villa Rica loss to Paulding County.
Woodland is now 17-10 on the season and 7-6 in region play.
The Georgia Highlands College baseball team jumped out to an early lead Tuesday night at Abraham Baldwin College and held on for a 10-7 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association win.
The Chargers went up 7-1 in the top of the third inning and led 7-3 through eight innings, only to add three more runs in the ninth for a 10-3 lead. ABAC rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the potential tying run at the plate with two outs, but Britt Buckelew was called in from the bullpen and induced a ground out to end the threat.
Sam Sowerbrower picked up the pitching win with four and two-thirds innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks. David Hussey retired two outs in the ninth before Buckelew entered to get the final out and a save.
Georgia Highlands is now 31-14 on the season and 8-5 in conference play.