Wood hits eighth home run of the season as Grangers beat Callaway

Published 9:46 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Hudson Wood hit her eighth home run of the season to help power LaGrange to a 13-1 road win over Callaway on Wednesday night.

The junior slugger has been on fire from the plate so far this season and her home run on Wednesday kept her bat scorching hot.

Wood was not the only Granger who had a strong offensive showing on Tuesday as the entire lineup from top to bottom was raking.

The Grangers were able to take a quick lead with two runs in the top of the first courtesy of an error and an Addyson Arnett one-run single.

LaGrange poured it on from there with Shelby Siggers hitting a one-run double in the second to extend the Granger lead to 3-0.

The fourth inning saw the Grangers add four runs to their lead. One from a double from Harlee Overton and three more on an inside-the-park home run from Jasia Swanson — a Callaway transfer — who went to work in her old stomping ground.

She finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBIs and made a ton of important defensive plays in center field. 

The Granger offense did not slow down from there adding one run in the fourth on the aforementioned home run from Wood before tacking on five more in the fifth to put the game to rest.

Abby McGill got the action started in the fifth when she hit a two-run triple to make it 10-1 LaGrange.

McGill, a junior, led the way for the LaGrange offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

An error allowed the third run of the inning to score before McKinsey Gaddy delivered a one-run single and Tatum Nation hit an RBI sacrifice fly.

Callaway scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when a ground out from Karlie Walker allowed Savannah Rice to score.

Rice had the only two hits for the Cavaliers, a single and a double.

Makenzie Toney got the start on the mound for Callaway before making way for Bella Cleveland in the fifth inning.

Siggers, Arnett, Overton,  Kimberly Reynolds and Tatiana Dudley all had two hits apiece for the Grangers while Wood, Swanson, Gaddy and Carolyne Garcia all had one hit each.

Kaylee Foster, who has battled back from an ACL injury she suffered a year ago, threw her best game since returning earlier this season, striking out two batters while only allowing two hits in five innings of work.

Callaway (7-8) will host an important region game on Thursday against McNair.

LaGrange (11-9) will also host an important region matchup on Thursday as the Grangers welcome Starr’s Mill to town.