TOC Game 4: Woodrow pierces Pearce pitching late with passed balls 5-4

Needing a victory to claim 3rd place in pool play bracket B, Woodrow finally generated some offense in their last at-bat of the 4th game to put 4 runs on the board and overtake JJ Pearce for the win. 3 passed balls with the bases loaded allowed Isabelle H, Nina and Elaine to all score runs and take the lead.  Time expired as Coach Dubs engaged in stall tactics and had Dorie and Lauren take pitches.

With the win, Woodrow finished pool play 2-2 and secured a top seed in Division 2 bracket play that starts Saturday with 9:30am game.  Bracket play is single elimination and up to 3 games to determine the winner. If Woodrow wins, following games are at 12:30 and 2pm.

Dorie and Lauren

Winning pitchers Lauren and Dorie from Friday’s games celebrate with post-game ice cream

1 2 3 R H E
JJ Pearce 3 1 0 4 4 1
Woodrow 0 1 4 5 3 2

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Woodrow whistles way past White in 2-1 win

Wow.  In the weird rules that govern pool play in the Tournament of Champions, it’s a distinct advantage to be the visiting team. Drop-dead time limits mean that the visiting team can actually get an extra inning at bat, so at coin toss, the winner always elects to be the visiting team.  Nowhere was this advantage more evident than in the top of the 4th as WT White came to bat trailing 2-1 with only minutes to play.

With a runner on 3rd, 2 outs, and the game clock showing 00 time remaining, the umpire’s watch must have read a little differently and 1 more batter was allowed to bat.  Deliberate pitch-outs ensued, as a walk effectively would end the game.  The runner at 3rd aggressively lead off after each pitch daring a throw back to 3rd.  Finally, with 3 balls and 1 more outside pitch coming, the batter lunged over the plate and got the end of the bat on the ball sending it to short.  Runner from 3rd scored, and all that was required to end the game as a tie was for the batter to make it to 1st…which she did, barely beating the throw.  However, the umpire ruled that she missed the base, and thus out, and the game was over with Woodrow squeaking out the win.  Whew, nothing to see here, move along, move along 🙂

1 2 3 4 R H E
WT White 1 0 0 0 1 7 3
Woodrow 2 0 0 2 2 2

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TOC Game 2 Matadors gore Woodrow 9-0

No stats for this game, but offensive stats are pretty easy…Nina got a hit.  Some defensive alignment changes for game 2 with Audrey P at SS, Cecilia at 2B and Isabella H in LF.  Audrey hasn’t swung a bat since last Summer, so it was definitely baptism under fire.

El Paso pitcher was probably the fastest the Woodrow batters had seen since a couple in Fall ball.  As a result, almost every batter was late in their swings. Most outs were via strike out with only 3-4 balls put in play.

Okay, time to put Thursday behind them and focus on 2 winnable games on Friday to try and get into the B bracket for Saturday.  Go Woodrow!

Tournament Of Champions Opener – Stage Fright

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Centennial 0 3 3 4 10 6 0
Woodrow 0 0 0 0 0 8

A talented, athletic team from Centennial in Burleson tore through Woodrow in the 1st official game of the season in the Tournament of Champions in Farmers Branch.  Facing such an opponent for the first time this season, Woodrow was tentative and failed to execute in several areas on defense including 5 errors from the brand new middle infield of Yuri and Isabella K.  Unfortunately, the corner outfielders also had their problems misplaying 3 balls and probably mispositioned a little bit with Left too short and Right too deep. Pitching for Centennial was strong with only 10 batters making it to the plate in 3 innings.  The only baserunner was via a walk for Elaine to go along with 4 strikeouts.  Altogether, it was a game that serves as a reminder what it’s like to play in the bigs.

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Woodrow wipes out WT White

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WT White 0 0 1 0 1 4 4
Woodrow 0 0 4 1 5 7 1
  • Aliah pops deep to left field.

Important scrimmage Tue 2/10 as Woodrow faces WT White in tournament play Friday 2/20 at 12:45pm in the Tournament of Champions in Farmers Branch. Through the first two innings both teams played great defense. In the bottom of the 3rd, WT White’s left side of the infield started to break down and runs started to go on the board.  Just like the previous scrimmage, Mariah had a key double that drove in 2 runs. Yuri, Isa H and Nina also contributed RBI singles in the game.  Dori pitched a great game giving up 1 run, 4 hits and only 2 walks.

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Early bats enough for 6-3 win over Pinkston

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Pinkston 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 6
Woodrow 5 1 0 0 6 7 7

Missing several key seniors (Elaine, Carly, Dori) Woodrow bagged their limit in the first inning and had solid enough pitching and defense to freeze out Pinkston in a chilly 45 degree scrimmage Friday night.  Sophomore pitcher Lauren suffered some control issues in the 4th inning, issuing 4 walks, but otherwise only gave up 1 hit and no balls out of the infield to go along with 4 Ks and a 1-2-3 5th inning.  Aliyah, Mariah, and Briana drove in the key 1st inning runs with Aliyah’s solid rip to the right center wall scoring 2 on a triple.

team talks after win

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Woodrow Softball first scrimmage versus N. Mesquite ends in tie

pre-game talk

Woodrow kicked off their 2015 campaign with their first scrimmage of the Spring against North Mesquite. Starting lineup for Woodrow was:

  1. Nina – C
  2. Carly – P
  3. Lauren – 1B
  4. Aliah – 3B
  5. Maria – CF
  6. Brianna – LF
  7. Julia – RF
  8. Yuri – SS
  9. Dori – DH
  10. Isabelle K – 2B

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