CW Track & Field Clean Up At State

The Creek Wood track and field teams had a banner performance at the 2016 TSSAA Class A/AA Track and Field State Championships.

Caroline Edmondson was the sole competitor for the Lady Red Hawks, and she competed in the Pentathlon. The senior finished third in the overall competition, including a tie for first place in the high jump. She finished sixth in the 800 meter dash, seventh in the long jump, fifth in the shot put, and third in the 100 meter hurdles. She finished second overall in the high jump outside the Pentathlon, fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, and fourth in the 300 meter hurdles. As a team of one, Edmondson finished tenth in the overall team competition as well.

On the boys’ side, Quinton Poole took home a gold medal in the long jump, while Jonathan McCloud took home the silver. McCloud also earned a bronze in the high jump, while Ross Cummings finished 7th in the triple jump. Braxton Horner finished 8th in the 100 meters, just 0.33 seconds slower than the gold medalist; and 4th in the 300 meters, just 0.54 seconds off the pace. As a team, the Red Hawks finished 7th in the state.

Austin Starkey and Devin Danko both qualified for Dickson County,

Lee K’s 12, Dickson Advances to Fourth Straight Title Game.

Dickson County advanced to their fourth straight Spring Fling Championship game with a stunning 7-1 win over Siegel on Thursday night. The Lady Cougar offensive provide a nice cushion but Brooklin Lee was the real catalyst for this win. Lee struck out 12 Lady Stars, allowed five hits and only her third run of the tournament. Veronica Westfall did not fair quiet as well against Dickson. She was lifted in the sixth after surrendering seven runs, six earned, on seven hits.

The offense got going early, Selena Crafton on a Paige Sensing single to left but Dickson left the bases loaded up just 1-0. In the second, Dickson ballooned their lead to 4-0. Katie White scored on a single right by Makray Odom. Ashley Scott singled to right moments later to score Odom. Then Crafton scored off a Lee single to left.

The Lady Cougars went quietly in the third but tallied again in the fourth on a Lee sac fly to left making it 5-0.

Finally in the bottom if the sixth, Dickson added two insurance runs on a simple hit to center. Mallory Tangerstrom, running for Kelcie Annis, scored on an Odom single. The center fielder three behind Odom at second which bought Katie White home to score as well, making it 7-0.

Siegel got a single run off a Westfall double in the top of the seventh that scored Hughes from second.

With the win, the Lady Cougars advance to play at 3pm against the winner of Siegel and Gibbs in the loser bracket final.

Stewarts Creek No Match for Lee and Odom

Dickson County advanced to the AAA semifinals on Wednesday with a 4-2 win over Stewarts Creek.

Brooklin Lee continued her dominance of state tournament competition scattering six hits over seven innings and only allowing two runs, her first of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougar offense struck first for  the second game in a row. Makray Odom led things off with a walk and Selena Crafton chased her home with a double off the centerfield wall. Although Dickson threatened in the third, neither team dented the scoreboard again until the fifth.

Odom again coaxed a walk to start the inning. Crafton popped out to third bringing Ashley Scott to the plate with one on and one out. After fouling a pitch back, she sent a rocket, to left, towering well over the wall. Now  up 3-0, Dickson seemed ready to go into cruise control but the Last Red Hawks had other ideas.

Alexandria Decker led off with a singled to short. Sidney Baker followed with a one out single to right to setup up a Sydney Heath double that scored Decker and Baker trimming Dickson’s lead to one. Lee got back to back pop-ups to end the inning and stand Heath at second.

After a quiet sixth inning, Dickson looked to add some insurance in the top of the seventh. Odom again delivered a run. This time via a line drive to right that was officially ruled an error. The ball rolled all the way to the wall and Odom rounded third to double the lead.

Stewarts Creek could not mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning and Dickson advanced to the semifinals with the 4-2 win.

The Lady Cougars will face Siegel at 5:30 Thursday after they topped Gibbs 7-1 Wednesday night.

Lee Blanks Lady Eagles, Dickson Advances

The Lady Cougars relied on the right arm of Brooklin Lee Tuesday afternoon as they advanced past  Seymour 2-0 in the opening round if the TSSAA Spring Fling.

Lee was stellar from the getgo despite dealing with temperatures that neared 90 degrees at the Starplex.  Seymour had know answer and managed just two hits and a walk in seven innings. Early on it seemed Sam Trentham might match Lee but Ashley Scott’s two out blast to deep centerfield gave Dickson a 1-0 after the first inning.

Dickson struck again in the bottom if the second inning. With two outs, Keely Buchanan doubled off the left field wall and Katie White chased her home with a bloop single to center. From there the game went into cruise control.

Lee and the Dickson defense erased every attempt by Seymour to  mount a comeback. In the top of the second, a two out double by Taylor Erjavec was silenced by a Hailey Graves strikeout. The in the top of the third, Lauren Janes walked but Kelcie Annis threw her out trying to steal second on the next pitch. In the top of the fourth Trentham single with two outs but Lee coaxed Kallyn Newport into a groundout to end the inning.

Dickson had their chances to extend the lead as well. Buchanan doubled again in the bottom of the first but was cut down at the plate trying to score on White’s single to left. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Selena Crafton and Makray Odom singled with one it but Scott and Lee failed to drive them in.

Lee retired the final nine hitters in a row to end the game. She struck out and shut the Lady Eagles out in seven innings.

White and Buchanan were offensive standouts for the Lady Cougars  with Buchanan going two for two with a run scored and White was two for three with an RBI.

Dickson faces Stewarts Creek next at 11:30 Wednesday morning.

Ticket Punched! Lady Cougars Advance to Fourth Straight Spring Fling

The ‘Fab Four’ finished their last home game with a 9-4 win over Hendersonville, led by a ferocious offensive outburst and a stellar day from Brooklin Lee.  Lee struck out 12 while Ashley Scott blasted for RBIs as the Lady Cougars locked up their fourth consecutive trip to the Spring Fling.

Hendersonville struck first after a dropped third strike extended the first inning. After a single lee gave up a bases loaded walk to put the Lady Commandos up 1-0.

Dickson waited until the bottom of the second to respond when Katie White drove  in Keely Buchanan with a single back up the box.

The real damage came in the bottom of the fourth when Dickson scored five runs thanks to a two run double by Scott. Lee tried to score Scott and then came in on a Kelcie Annis single and Paige Sensing scored off a Buchanan ground out.

Leading 6-1, Dickson added two in the fourth on a shout two RBI single. They would get one more in the sixth on a Savannah Mathis sac fly to center that scored Selena Crafton.

Leading 9-1 with two outs in the seventh, Dickson was poised to advance to another tournament but Hendersonville had a little more to say about that. Their offense strung together four straight two it hits that scored three runs. Now up 9-4 Lee recovered and struck out Annsley Kalamon to end the game.

Lee pitched seven complete surrendering three earned runs and striking out 12 batters.

Dickson next plays in the Spring Fling on Tuesday at 4pm against Seymour.

Lady Cougars Top Ravenwood in Region Championship, Host Sectional

Coming off two straight losses to Ravenwood, Dickson County refocused for a huge 9-1 win Wednesday night.

Coming in as the two seed, the Lady Cougars went to work in the top of the first and jumped in front 2-0. Coach Buchanan shuffled his lineup card and slid Makray Odom to the laid spot where she drew a four pitch walk to start things off. Selena Crafton followed with a bunt single to put two on with no one out. Abbie Irwin rebounded two set down the next two hitters before Paige Sensing reached in an error to score Odom and Kelcie Annis singles to center to score Crafton.

Brooklin Lee started her fantastic performance by retiring the side in order in the first. The Lady Cougars used a pair of errors, one by Autumn Ogletree and one by Drew Dudley, to score a single run in the top of the second. Katie White came in to score on a misplayed groundball to Dudley putting Dickson up 3-0.

Dickson stranded two runners in the third while Lee continued to hang zeros on the scoreboard. Then in the to of the third, the Lady Cougars blew the game wide open with three  runs making it 6-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The offensive outburst was highlighted by RBIs from Crafton, Paige Sensing, and Ashley Scott.

Lee rolled through the Lady Raptors, retiring the side in order in both the fourth and fifth innings. Dickson followed her lead in the sixth by putting Ravenwood away with another the run inning. Irwin started the inning and saw her defense slow two more errors that resulted in Odom and Crafton scoring. Paige Sensing capped the scoring for Dickson with a single to left that drive in Spencer Sensing, running for Lee, making it 9-0 Dickson. After the run scored Ravenwood went to the bullpen and brought in Emily Cooper. Cooper got back to back ground balls to cut down runners at third before walking Keely  Buchanan to load the bases. Cooper recovered to strike out Savannah Mathis to end the threat.

Lee allowed two Lady Raptors to reach, a single and hit by pitch, before striking out the side in the sixth. Dickson failed to capitalize on a Crafton single and sent the game into the final half inning up 9-0.

Lee again struck out the side but nut before Ogletree walked and came around to score in a throwing error by Annie. Despite the one run allowed, Dickson locked up their third straight Region 6AAA championship.

With the win, they play Friday at DCHS against the loser of the Hendersonville, Clarksville matchup Thursday night.

Lee went seven innings allowing just one unearned run and striking out 10 Lady Raptors.

CW Season Ends In Shutout at Cascade

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks were in elimination mode all last week in the District 11-AA Tournament, finally breaking through by holding off Stewart County to earn a spot in the District Championship Game, which also gave them a spot in the Region Tournament. A late rally gave Waverly the District Title, and as runner-up Creek Wood had to travel to District 12-AA Champion Cascade. While the pitching was stellar and the defense solid, the offense was held in check, and the Lady Champions blanked Creek Wood 4-0 on Monday night.

It was a pitchers’ duel early, as Bailey Griffith battled Cascade’s Brooke Sudduth. Both pitchers sat down the first 4 batters in order, but Sam Morgan walked with one gone in the top of the second while Bailey Sudduth and Bailey Ledbetter both reached with one out in the bottom half. Both pitchers worked around the trouble and escaped clean. Beckey Melton finally broke up the no-hitter with 2 out in the top of the third, but Sudduth escaped with a strikeout; with 2 out in the bottom half, the Lady Champs broke through. Kristen Heath singled to center, then Brooke Sudduth helped her own cause with an RBI double to left. Cascade led 1-0, and it was a lead they would never relinquish.

Sudduth worked a 1-2-3 fourth, but Griffith doubled with one out in the fifth. Sudduth merely struck out the next two and escaped trouble. Griffith worked her own magic in the fourth, however. Bailey Sudduth led off with a single, and Ledbetter sacrificed her into scoring position. After Abi Jones reached on an error, Griffith got Shaina Schneider to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to get out of trouble, and despite a walk and a runner reaching on an error the Lady Red Hawks’ pitcher struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth to keep the score 1-0 Lady Champs.

Melton led off the top of the sixth with a single, and her runner Summer Jackson got to second on a sacrifice but could get no further. The dam finally burst in the bottom half, however. Bailey Sudduth led off with a triple, and Ledbetter tried to lay down a sac bunt, only to reach safely as the Lady Red Hawks tried to get Sudduth on the play. Jones doubled to left to clear the bases and make it 3-0, and two plays later Keeley Sutton sacrificed her home for a 4-0 score. The Lady Red Hawks came up swinging in the top of the seventh, but three quick flyouts ended the ballgame, as Brooke Sudduth worked a complete game shutout.

Sudduth needed 84 pitches to work a 7 inning, 3-hit, complete game shutout, walking 1 and fanning 8. Griffith allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs over 6 complete, walking 1 and striking out 4. Jones led the day for Cascade offensively, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and 2 RBI, while Bailey Sudduth went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Melton went 2-for-3 and Griffith 1-for-3, the only hits on the night against Cascade, and Morgan drew the only walk in the loss.

In other action, Dickson County made quick work of District 12-AAA Champion McGavock. The Lady Cougars run-ruled the host Lady Raiders 11-0 in 5 innings on Monday. They will travel to Williamson County again on Wednesday, battling Ravenwood again for the Region Championship and the right to host a Sectional Game on Friday. The Lady Raptors annihilated Hillsboro 25-0 in three innings on Monday night as well.

Back to Back Losses Send Lady Cougars on the Road for Regions

Dickson COunty dropped their second straight district contest on Friday, costing them the district title, and the right to host in the Region 6AAA tournament.

The Lady Cougars fell 3-0 to Ravenwood after dropping game one of the series 7-3 on Thursday night. With the loss,  Brooklin Lee rebounded from a tough night Thursday to give the Lady Cougars a chance but the offense could never get going against Abbie Irwin.

In the first, Lee hit the leadoff hitter and struggled to find a rhythm, allowing a run on a Drew Dudley single that scored Carlie Cantrell. After allowing the run, and a walk, Lee got a pop up and strike out to end the inning with runners at second and third.

From there neither team would threaten again until the bottom of the fourth. After an Ashley Scott popout, Paige Sensing walked and Lee moved her over with a single to center. Kelcie Annis followed with a walk to load the bases with just one out. Unfortunately, Keely Buchanan grounded into a fielder’s choice that cut down Savannah Mathis (running for Sensing) at the plate and Baker Sensing popped out to first to leave the bases loaded and Dickson scoreless.

Ravenwood cared the defensive momentum into the top of the fifth with a two out rally to extend their lead. After Lee struck out Cantrell and Sophie Patonis, Sydney Hughes tripled off the center field wall. One pitch later, Dudley homered to straight away center to run the Lady Raptors lead up to three.

Again the offenses went stagnant but in the final frame the Lady Cougars tried one last time to maintain their title. Katy White lead off with a single to center. Selena Crafton popped out but Makray Odom kept things going with a ground ball to Patonis with no one covering first. Scott struck out for the second out of the inning but Paige Sensing walked to load the bases with two outs. Lee got the last look of the night for the Lady Cougars but back to back change ups from Irwin got her on strikes to end the game.

Irwin earned the win, scattering seven hits over seven innings with four walks and three strikeouts and no runs allowed. Lee took the loss surrendering three runs on seven hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts. Lee’s fourth strikeout of the night gave her 1200 on her career.

Dickson must now travel to McGavock on Monday. A win would guarantee two more games for the Lady Cougars, a loss would end the season.

CW Beats Stewart County, But Falls At Waverly in District Title Game

It was a long week of elimination softball, but the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks punched their ticket to the Region Tournament by holding off Stewart County 3-1 on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Lady Red Hawks, they will travel for their Region game, as they could not hold off a Waverly rally and dropped a 2-1 decision on Saturday in the District 11-AA Championship game.

Bailey Griffith was sensational on the slab for Creek Wood on both days. She held the host Lady Rebels hitless through 4 innings, and her offense propped her up. Sam Morgan walked leading off the top of the second, and after a hit and another walk from Hayley Shepherd loaded the bases, Beckey Melton drew a walk to drive in Shannon White running for Morgan to make it 1-0. The Lady Red Hawks would add 2 more in the fourth, as Griffith helped her own cause with a lead-off single. An Annalee Coursey walk and a Braressa Deloach single would load the bases, and Melton would hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Griffith’s runner Ashlee Shockley to make it 2-0, with everyone safe on the play. Two batters later, Montana Thomas would ground out to second, scoring Coursey to make it 3-0.

Kaci Rowlett led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, then Saunders would double her home to make it 3-1. Stewart County was holding out hope for a comeback, as they had rallied for wins over Creek Wood twice this season when trailing 7-0 and 2-0, but it was not to be on Friday night. The tying run came to the plate three times in the fifth, but Griffith got the out, and the go-ahead run came up with 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the sixth but popped out to end the inning. Griffith retired the Lady Rebels in order in the seventh, and Creek Wood held on for a 3-1 win that guaranteed them a spot in the Region regardless of what happened in the District Tournament Game the next day.

Griffith struck out 5 and walked 3, scattering 3 hits over 7 innings, allowing just the 1 run. Shepherd struck out 8 over 7 innings of play, walking 4 but allowing 7 hits. Melton went 0-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI, Thomas 1-for-4 with an RBI, Morgan 2-for-3 with a walk, and Deloach 2-for-2 with a walk.

Saturday, the temperature was low and the wind was blowing in–perfect weather for a pitchers’ duel. Griffith threw a complete-game 2-hitter, but a sixth inning rally plus a 4-hit performance by the Waverly pitcher Alley Brown proved too much for Creek Wood to overcome.

Both sides went in order until Jordan Wertz doubled with two outs in the bottom of the second. Deloach answered back with two down in the top of the third, and Brown led off the bottom half and reached on an error. Thomas hit a one-out single in the top of the fourth, and after a Brett Jackson sacrifice, Morgan singled Thomas in for a 1-0 lead.

Griffith allowed a walk in the fourth and retired the side in the fifth, but Brown sat down the Lady Red Hawks in order in the fifth and worked around a leadoff single by Melton in the sixth. With just six outs to play with, the Tigerettes found a way to strike back. Sarah Smith drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth, then Emily Hooper laid down a bunt and and reached on an error. Taylor Travis doubled to left to clear the bases and give Waverly Central the lead 2-1. A sacrifice got Travis to third, but another sacrifice bunt around the plate did not get her home. Wertz reached on a fielder’s choice to third that didn’t get Travis home, but also didn’t result in the third out. However, Griffith dug down and got a strikeout to leave 2 aboard, and keep it a 1 run game.

Griffith reached on an error with 2 down in the top of the 7th, but Brown got a strikeout to end the game, and give the Tigerettes the District Tournament Championship. Had the Lady Red Hawks come back for the win, they would have forced a winner take all game two for the title.

Travis and Wertz each went 1-for-3 for the only hits of the day off Griffith, and Travis had both RBIs. Morgan, Melton, and Thomas went 1-for-3 and Deloach 1-for-2, while Morgan had the only RBI driving in Thomas. Brown needed just 77 pitches to get through 7 complete innings, allowing an earned run on 4 hits, walking none and fanning 6. Griffith did one better, going 6 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5 in the loss. After the game, Melton, Jackson, and Thomas were named to the All-District Team.

With the loss, Creek Wood travels to Cascade on Monday to open the Region Tournament. With a win, the Lady Red Hawks would play in the Region Championship game and be guaranteed a spot in the Sectionals as well. The 6:30 game will air live on the RFC Sports Network.

Lady Cougars Drop First District 11-AAA Contest, Force Second Title Game

Dickson County had previously won 46 straight games against district 11-AAA opponents (36 regular season district games, 8 district tournament wins, and 2 region tournament games.) on Thursday night Ravenwood ended that streak with a 7-3 win over the Lady Cougars.

Ravenwood broke through in the first inning following a pair of walks by Lee.  Charlie Cantrell scored on a bunt single by Autumn Ogletree to give the Lady Raptors a 1-0 edge before Dickson’s first at bat. A walk by Ashley Scott was the only action for the Lady Cougars in the first.

A one out single to right followed by a hit batter, in the top of the second, set up on of the most peculiar plays to score two more Lady Raptors. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with one out. Lee got a comebacker in the circle but Scott couldn’t handle the throw because of the setting sun over the third base dugout which allowed both runs to come in.

After going in order in the second, Dickson surrendered another run on an Abby Irwin single that drive in Ogletree for a 4-0 Ravenwood lead.

Dickson finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Paige Sensing drilled a two out double to center and Katy White entered to run for her. Lee drive White in with a single to left and advanced to third on the throw to the plate. On a controversial play, Lee was sent home to score after the umpires determined the throw went into the Lady Cougars dugout, after she reached third.

With the lead cut to 4-2, Ravenwood responded by adding another run on a dropped third strike play. Addie Martin, running for Sydney Hughes, scored from third when the ball squirted away from Kelcie Annie and allowed Macy Lyle to reach.

Now trailing 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Dickson gave up a two run blast to Hughes to start away center that opened the gap up to 7-2.

The Lady Cougars drew within for on a Paige Sensing RBI single that scored Makray Odom but they could not push across anything in the seventh to extend the game.

Lee took the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks while picking up seven strikeouts. Irwin got the win, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits.

The teams face a rematch Friday night at 6pm for the district championship.