WOODS CROSS – Woods Cross’s Manni Johnson hit a home run, scored two runs, and drove in the mercy-rule winning run in the fourth inning of Tuesday afternoon’s game against Highland.
Johnson’s efforts helped the Wildcats mercy-rule the Rams, ending the game in four innings as Woods Cross picked up its third straight win in a 17-2 rout.
Johnson hit her second home run of the season in the first inning, driving in herself and Hadyn Flygare to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead after one inning. Two innings later she drove in her third RBI of the game, lining a single to left field to drive in Madi Toner.
The RBI gave the Wildcats a 10-2 lead at the time, and was part of an eight-run inning for Woods Cross, increasing its lead from four to 12 runs after three innings.
The third inning started with a Caitlyn Barber double to left field and a single by Alyson Lythgoe. Brooke Brown hit an infield single and a throwing error allowed Barber to score from second. Flygare hit an RBI double two batters later and Johnson hit an RBI single afterward.
Hanalee Robinson reached base on a fielding error next and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Maddie Sorensen.
The inning finally ended two batters later on a fly out by Lythgoe in her second at-bat of the inning.
Inside the circle, Robinson pitched well through the entire game, allowing only two runs in the first inning. She ended the afternoon by striking out eight Highland hitters in 3 1/3 innings. She also walked only one hitter.
Woods Cross put an end to the game in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring three more runs. Katelin Foutz led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Brown. After a single by Toner and another fielding error by Highland, Brown scored from third on a wild pitch.
Johnson picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice, ending the game.
Woods Cross has scored at least 17 runs in each of its last three games, and improved its Region 6 record to 3-3.
The Wildcats will play Judge Memorial on the road Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.