Mac blows past Western Heights, 14-1 in regional tournament
Western Heights was ready to be done.
It’s hard to blame the Jets. They fell behind early and never could find a rhythm Thursday in a 5A regional playoff game against MacArthur. That resulted in a 14-1 victory for the Highlanders, which ended in the middle of the third inning when WH decided it wanted to forfeit.
“They kind of folded in and had their heads down,” Mac outfielder Aeron Woodson said. “It’s good for us because we’re gonna carry on the rest of the tournament with hot bats and continue to be aggressive.”
Woodson is normally slated in the seven-hole for Mac (26-8), but found himself in an unfamiliar spot Thursday. He was the leadoff hitter, a position coach Rodney DeLong said he has long thought of putting Woodson in. The left fielder thrived, coming away with two hits in three at bats to lead the team.
“He’s a great athlete and a great baserunner,” DeLong said. “That was my thought all year long, to have him in my leadoff spot. I watched him on travel ball and he was really good. He had a hamstring injury in football and that lingered on for a long time. It took him a while to get healthy. He’s a big component in our lineup. We’ve kind of struggled all year in that leadoff spot no matter who I put there. I think he relishes that. That’s where he wants to be.”