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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Woodrow wipes out WT White

1 2 3 4 R H E
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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Family Spring Schedule and Events

The family’s been gearing up for an intensive Spring.  We all cherished this last Fall because we had very little going on and knew that it was just a respire. Now everyone’s excited (and a little scared) about upcoming events.

schedule

Derek’s primary items this Spring are:

  • baseball – tournaments every other weekend starting 3/14, practices Mon/Wed
  • School of Rock – lessons and band practices on Wed
  • Math & Science team – Saturday meets until mid April, state competition in May

Lauren:

  • softball – practice every day, games mostly on Fridays
  • Softball tournaments 2/13-2/15 and 2/19-21
  • UIL Solo and Ensemble competition 2/14
  • Annie rehearsals – evenings
  • Annie performances: 4/23-26 (Lauren in 4 songs)

If you’re interested in attending any of these items, let me know and I’ll give you more detailed schedule info.