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The Woodlands Lady Highlanders hosted the Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles Friday, March 26 for a heated rivalry game. The Woodlands Softball was ranked #14 in the state, while Oak Ridge held the #2 spot. The Lady Highlanders were 0-2 in district play and the Lady War Eagles 2-0.
The game started off slow with no score until the fifth inning when the Lady War Eagles scored two, while The Woodlands came back with one. In the sixth inning, the scoring repeated itself with Oak Ridge adding two more runs and The Woodlands adding one. The game ended with the Lady War Eagles coming out on top by a run, 4-3.
Photo by Marysa Barela.
The Woodlands always has the talent, but can this be the year they break through and get back to the Regional Finals for the first time since 2017? The Woodlands hasn't been to state since 2015 and last won a crown in 2011. The 2021 version of the Highlanders possesses plenty of offense.
It starts with University of Louisiana at Lafayette-commit Kayla Falterman, who plays second and in the outfield. In just 21 games last year, she hit .516 with 11 RBIs for the Highlanders. Jordan Jones (Vernon College) was right behind her hitting for .417, while now-sophomore Alannah Leach hit for .403 as a freshman. Haley Mountain is one to watch for as well at the plate. The other name to remember is Alannah's twin sister Gabby, who brings a big bat as well. So, the offense is there.
The Leach twins will be players to watch in the city for the next three years, but do the Highlanders have the pitching? That's the big question mark for this squad.
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