The Red Hawk Nation can wake up with pride on Wednesday, because Creek Wood had an awesome Tuesday spanning three sports. The baseball side scored a 4-1 district win over Hickman County, while softball also got a win and a volleyball standout made a college commitment.
The Red Hawks got started in the first as Paul Rahman doubled off Landon McCaleb, then Tyler Hines walked. Creek Wood pitcher Kyle Klotz stepped to the plate, and Rahman stole third. Later in the at bat, Hines broke for second, and Rahman stole home as the Bulldogs didn’t have a play to either base. Still in Klotz’s at bat, Hines would later steal third, and when Klotz reached on an error Hines would score to make it 2-0 Creek Wood. McCaleb settled down and got two ground balls to get out of the inning, but the damage was already done.
Brenden Dickens singled in the bottom of the second, then stole second base. Dylan DePriest grounded out to short, which moved the runner over, and Levi Plaster reached on an error which scored Dickens to make it 3-0 Red Hawks. Mathis Duncan would be hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with one out in the second, but the Red Hawks would leave two in scoring position as the Bulldogs wriggled out of further trouble.
Hayden Dearman would get Hickman County on the board in the top of the third, without the benefit of a hit. Dearman drew a leadoff walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a one-out ground out to second by Cooper Mays to trim the lead to 3-1.
McCaleb would need all of his magic in the bottom of the fifth to keep Creek Wood from blowing the game wide open. Hines and Klotz would lead the way with back to back singles putting runners at the corners with nobody out. Klotz would take second, but couldn’t tag up as Kyle Heggie hit a sacrifice fly to score Hines and make it a 4-1 game with one out and a runner in scoring position. Klotz would get caught stealing third to clear the bases, but Zeke Lecomte walked and Dickins would single to put runners at the corners again with two gone in the frame. McCaleb would dig deep however, and strike out the last batter he faced on the day–DePriest, to retire the side in the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Hickman County tried small-ball to get back into the game as Morgan Patton hit a one out single, was sacrificed to second, and took third as Nathan Clinard reached on an error to put runners at the corners with two out in the inning and just four outs left for the Bulldogs. The tying run would come to the plate, but Klotz forced a simple ground ball to get out of the jam and get to the bottom of the sixth.
Jon Michael Ward would come in for the bottom half for the Bulldogs, and he would prove effective, allowing just a Rahman single while striking out two. Down to their last three outs and down three runs to open the first, Hickman County could simply tip its cap to the timely pitching of Klotz. The two-sport ace needed just three pitches to induce two line-outs and a ground out, retiring the side in order to polish off a complete game 4-1 win.
Rahman went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Dickens went 2-for-3 with a run as well. Klotz, Heggie, and Plaster each drove in a run for the Red Hawks. In addition to that 1-for-3 day at the plate, Klotz earned MVP honors for a masterful pitching performance, a complete game 2-hitter, striking out 4 while walking 2. Klotz allowed 1 of his hits in the __ and another in the __, and needed just 76 pitches to get through 7 complete innings.
The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks traveled to Waverly on Tuesday night, and beat the Tigerettes 7-3 on the road for a big district win. And to make the win that much sweeter, Lady Red Hawk second baseman signed with Martin Methodist on Tuesday, to continue her volleyball career.
The only team in action on Wednesday night will be Dickson County softball, which hosts Independence for a make-up game at 5:00pm. The RFC Sports Hour will be on the air at 6:00pm, talking with Creek Wood boys’ basketball coach Charles Taylor about the team’s recent run to the TSSAA Class AA Boys’ Basketball Tournament. And all four of our teams get back in action on Thursday, with both CWHS squads playing at Fairview, the Lady Cougars playing in a tournament in Huntsville, and DCHS baseball playing at Montgomery Central.