Lady Cougars Top Creek Wood Big In First Ever Meeting

Dickson County picked up a 7-1 victory in the first ever meeting between the Lady Cougars and Creek Wood.

After muddling through the first couple of innings, Creek Wood seized the early momentum. With no score, Kendall Street lead off the third inning with a walk and then moved up to second on a Braressa DeLoach sacrifice bunt. Two pitches later Becky Melton laced a ball into the left center field gap to score Street and give Creek Wood the early 1-0 lead. Brooklin Lee retired the next two hitters to get out of the inning without any further damage. Both teams went in order in their next at bats but in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Cougars came alive.

After a lead off ground out my Makray Odom, Payton Grove hit a hard grounder to short for a single and then advanced to second on an error. Two pitches later, on a 1-0 count, Ashley Scott hit a home run over the new scoreboard in left field to give Dickson the 2-1 edge. Lee followed with a single but a fly out and ground out ended the inning with Dickson leading by two.

After another 1,2,3 Creek Wood half inning, the Lady Cougars went back to work in the fifth. Keyle Bell led off with a double into the left field corner, Becca Estes followed with a single to short but Bell couldn’t advance. Selena Crafton sacrificed to move both runners over then Odom followed with a bases clearing triple to make it 4-1 Dickson. Grove hit a sac fly to center to score Odom making it 5-1. Scott double and Lee moved her to third with a single but Allison Pendergrass grounded out to third to end the fifth.

Lee got Creek Wood to go in order again in the to of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning Katie White flexed in to bat for herself and reached on a Brett Jackson error at short. Bell grounded out to third but moved the runner to second. Estes extended the lead to 6-1 with an RBI single to left. Crafton singled to center and Dickson had runners at first and second but courtesy runner Savannah Mathis was picked off leaving just Crafton on the base paths. She moved all the way to third on a pair of errant pitches by Bailey Griffith that helped walk Odom. with runners on the corners Grove delivered an RBI single to make it 7-1 in the sixth. Scott grounded out to end the inning and Lee got the Lady Red Hawks in order again to end the game.

After surrendering the first run of the game, Lee didn’t allowed another baserunner the rest of the game. She finnished the day allowing one run, two hits, and striking out nine. Griffith scattered 12 hits and five earned runs over her six innings.

Dickson also came from behind in baseball Saturday, picking up a 10-9 win over the Red Hawks after trailing 9-5 earlier in the day. The win game Dickson a weekend sweep over the Red Hawks after taking game one 4-3 on Friday night.

Dickson County Rallies Past Red Hawks

The Creek Wood Red Hawks roughed up Dickson County starter Korbin Hinson in the early going on Friday night. However, Hinson bowed up, and his Cougars keyed a rally that gave the visitors the only lead they would need all night. A 2-run top of the 6th gave DCHS a 4-3 win over their in-county rivals in the first game of a home-and-home series.

Mathis Duncan led off the bottom of the first with a double, then Paul Rahman singled and Tyler Hines walked to load the bases for Kyle Klotz with nobody out. Klotz would reach on an error, but Dickson County would manage a force out in the process. Kyle Heggie would score another for the Red Hawks, hitting into a fielder’s choice, but Hinson would escape the trouble down just 2-0 two batters later.

Bret Kelly would cut the lead in half in the top of the second, singling to right to score Jack Sensing to make it 2-1. An error and two singles would load the bases for Creek Wood with one out in the third, and Zeke Lecomte would reach on another error to score Rahman and get the run back at 3-1.

In the top of the fourth, Tyler McMillan would sacrifice home Santino Miranda and cut the lead to 3-2, but the big thunder happened in the top of the sixth. An error, a walk, and a single put the bases loaded with only one out, then Sensing would sacrifice the courtesy runner in place of Hinson home to tie the game. Trey Grimes would then reach on an error and plate Ben Powlas to give Dickson County a 4-3 lead they would never relinquish.

Hinson would get the first two outs in the bottom of the sixth, then Graham Waynick and Collin Brown combined to get the final four outs to save a Cougar victory. The tying and winning runs would both get in scoring position with one out in the seventh, but Brown got a strikeout and a fly out to lock up the 4-3 win.

Kelly would lead the way offensively for the Cougars, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sensing would go 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and McMillian would go 0-for-1 but add the only other Dickson RBI. Lecomte went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Creek Wood, while Heggie went 1-for-2 and Klotz 1-for-3 to add the other 2 RBI. Hines went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Rahman would score 2 runs himself.

On the pitching side, Dickson County was stellar, as the staff did not allow an earned run through 7 complete innings. Hinson threw 95 pitches and scattered 8 hits through 5 and 2/3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 3 while allowing the 3 unearned runs. Waynick allowed a hit, but needed just 6 pitches to get an out, and Brown earned the save by working a scoreless, hitless seventh, striking out one while firing just 11 pitches plateward. Klotz also went 5 2/3 innings, using 124 pitches to get there, and also allowed 8 hits. He struck out 4 but walked 6, and allowed 4 runs, 2 of them earned. Joe Lynn, Jr., spelled Klotz after Dickson County took the lead; he went 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out one and walking one.

Dickson County will host Creek Wood on Saturday, and the DCHS softball team will also host the Lady Red Hawks for our softball game of the week on WDKN and The One FM. Pregame is set for 3:45pm with a 4:00pm first pitch.

Weather Causes More Cancellations, Changes

The rain that soaked the Dickson area Monday and pop-up showers during the day on Tuesday are already turning the spring sports schedule on its head.

Creek Wood softball at Hickman County tonight has already been rained out. The game is scheduled to be made up tomorrow afternoon at 5pm.

Dickson County baseball is hosting a doubleheader today starting at 4:30pm against Centennial to make up the rained-out game from yesterday. The Cougars host Centennial for JV tomorrow, then will make up the last varsity game at Centennial Thursday at 7pm.

Dickson County softball is playing at home against Centennial today at 5, then making up Monday’s game at Ravenwood Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. They’re also slated to host South Fulton Saturday at 11pm and will play Creek Wood at 4pm that afternoon.

Creek Wood baseball is making up its rained out game from yesterday with a varsity doubleheader in Charlotte, hosting Waverly starting at 4:30p,.

CW Softball Drops Heartbreaker

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks rallied from behind two times to tie the game on the road at Fairview, and were one strike away from forcing extra innings, but an RBI single let the Lady Jackets walk off with a 5-4 District win on Thursday night.

Alli Mazeall broke things open for Fairview with a 2-out, 2-RBI double to make it 2-0 Fairview in the first. Creek Wood responded by getting 2 on with 1 out in the top of the second, but back to back strikeouts ended the threat.

In the top of the third, Braressa DeLoach hit a 1-out single, then Becky Melton sent the second pitch she saw over the left-center field fence to tie the game at 2-2. Brett Jackson slammed the door on the Lady Jackets with back to back perfect innings, but Fairview broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Jackson allowed back to back singles to start the inning, then two batters later the second baseman Latta cleared the bases with a 1-out, 2-RBI double to make it 4-2 Fairview.

Samantha Davenport singled to lead off the top of the sixth, but the next two batters made outs without moving her over. Montana Thomas doubled to left to score Davenport, then Sloan Batey made it back to back doubles to score Thomas and tie the game at 4-4.

Fairview managed a single in the bottom of the sixth against Bailey Griffith, but the starter-turned-reliever got free of the jam. Creek Wood came up in the top of the seventh looking for its first lead of the game, but Lady Jackets pitcher Linzee Perry sat the Lady Red Hawks down in order and put Fairview in position to walk off with the win in the bottom half.

Griffith got into serious trouble in the critical bottom of the seventh. A single, an error, and a walk loaded the bases with no one out, meaning anything in play could potentially score a run for the home side and end the game, but Creek Wood wasn’t done yet. The freshman would induce a pop out under the infield fly rule, then get the pitcher Perry to hit into a fielder’s choice with a force at home. Two-sport athlete Jessie Mangrum strode to the plate, with a chance to win the game with a hit or walk, or to send it to extra innings with an out. Griffith worked the count full, but Mangrum lifted the payoff pitch to right field and dropped it just in front of DeAnna Massey for a walkoff single and a 5-4 Fairview win.

Latta and Mazeall each had 2 RBI for the Lady Jackets, while Mangrum had 1 RBI and the game winner. Creek Wood was led by MVP Melton, who went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, a homer, and a run scored. Thomas went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored; Batey went 1-for-3 with an RBI; and Davenport went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jackson went 5 innings complete, allowing 4 earned runs and 7 hits while striking out 5, and Griffith went an inning and two thirds, allowing 3 hits and an unearned run while fanning 2 and walking 1. Perry picked up the win with a complete game 9-hitter, allowing 4 earned runs but walking none and striking out 6.

One field over, the Creek Wood baseball team thumped Fairview 7-0 in Williamson County. Rounding out the county action, the Dickson County Lady Cougars took a pair of games against teams from Alabama, winning 5-4 over Sparkman and 5-1 over Buckhorn, and Dickson County baseball was rained out at Montgomery Central.

Banner Day for CWHS

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 first and another in the sixth, 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 Samantha Davenport 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.

Dickson Wins Big Over Summit

The Lady Cougars topped Summit 16-0 in five innings on Monday night in Thompson Station.

Brooklin Lee pitched a shutout but the highlights of the evening came by way of the offense. Selena Crafton grounded out to start the game but back to back errors by the Lady Spartans allowed Makray Odom to score and but Payton Grove on first. Ashley Scott singled and advanced to third on an error in left and Grove came around to score. After a Brooklin Lee fly out Allison Pendergrass singled to center to score Scott for the third Lady Cougar run of the inning. Keely Buchanan singles to center but Keyle Bell grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Lee allowed one single and struck out one in her first scoreless inning of the day with Dickson leading 3-0.

Dickson struck again in the second with four runs. Becca Estes singled to start things off, Baker Sensing came in to run to courtesy run for Estes. Crafton sacrificed, moving Sensing up to second. Odom followed by reaching on an error for the second straight inning and moving Sensing to third. With one out, Grove grounded out to second, scored Sensing and moved Odom to second. Scott singled again to knock in Odom then Lee tripled to chase Scott home. Another Pendergrass single scored Lee putting Dickson up 7-0 after two innings. In the bottom of the second Lee gave up a lead off single to Shelby Penning but a strikeout followed by a pop up double play ended the inning, Lady Cougars up 7-0.

Dickson got three more runs in the third, Estes walked to lead off the inning and Sensing ran for her again. On an 0-2 count to Crafton, Sensing took second then moved up to third on a left side single. Odom doubled to left and scored both runners to make it 9-0 Lady Cougars. Grove grounded out and Scott flied out leaving Odom on third with two outs. Lee came through with a single to short that knocked in the tenth run of the game for Dickson. Lee got the Lady Spartans to go in order in the bottom of the inning.

Back to back walks to start the fourth set the Lady Cougars up with the chance to end the game in just four innings. Estes flew out to third, preventing the runners from advancing. Crafton drew the fourth walk of the inning, loading the bases for Odom. She lined out and Grove followed with a ground ball to third, stranding all three runners and ending the inning, Dickson’s only scoreless frame of the day. Lee got two strikes outs and a pop out to third for another shutout inning.

Dickson got the first three hitters of the inning on to load the bases again in the fifth. Buchanan grounded into a fielder’s choice at home to prevent a run from scoring but left the bases loaded. Bell walked to score one run the Estes flied to center to score Katy White. With two outs Crafton singled to right to score one run, and Odom doubled to left scoring two more. Savannah Mathis replaced Grove and reached on an error that scored both Crafton and Odom, plating the final two runs for the Lady Cougars, and giving them a 16-0 lead. With three outs left to get the lead under 10 runs Summit got a lead off single. Lee recovered to strike out Morgan Fell and then got Lexie Shoemaker lined out to second for a double play to end the game.

Creek Wood baseball picked up a 7-4 win at Hickman County Monday night. Kyle Heggie got the win, giving up no earned runs, and Will Duke came in for the save. The two teams square off again Tuesday night at 7pm on the RFC Sports Network. Creek Wood softball and Dickson baseball varsity squads had the day off. Dickson JV baseball got an 11-0 win over Ensworth.

Cougars Take Independence Series With A 4-2 Win

Dickson County locked up their second district series win of the season Wednesday night with a 4-2 win over the visiting Eagles of Independence. After grabbing the 3-0 shutout win Tuesday night the Cougars stayed hot behind the bats of Ben Powlas and Trey Grimes along with the “businessman like” performance of Blake Greer on the mound.

Greer got three ground outs in four batters in the top of the first to hold the Eagles in check and get his offense an opportunity. In the bottom of the inning Greer flied out to center on the second pitch he saw. Powlas followed him and took a one and two pitch to deep left center for a solo home run, his fourth of the season, giving Dickson the early 1-0 advantage. Dickson managed another base hit on Bret Lyell’s line drive single to right but failed to bring him around.

Up 1-0, Greer gave up a leadoff single to Adam Martin in the top of the second. A sacrifice bunt moved Martin to second with one out but Greer caught Martin leaning toward third and picked him off for the second out. Garrett Buttrey flied out to Lyell in foul territory to end the inning. Dickson went back to work in the bottom of the second. Grimes lead off with a hard single to left and took second when the throw was slow getting in from left. Santino Miranda tried to bunt Grimes over to third but Trent Starr, the Eagle starter, slipped and fell fielding the bunt. He recovered and threw to first from a seated position, first basemen Cameron Carroll dropped the throw and Grimes came around to score on the error. Starr got Ethan Henley and Collin Brown to end the inning with Dickson now up 2-0.

Greer took control in the third, getting the Eagles to go in order and holding them scoreless through three innings. The Cougars once again found a run in the home half of the third. Greer, helping his own cause, singled to short to start things off. That brought Powlas back to the plate, he took the first pitch he saw to the left field corner for an RBI double, putting Dickson up 3-0. The next three Cougars went in order to end the third.

That score held up until the top of the 6th inning. Luke Jones singled to center on a 2-2 pitch then Tommy Morren hit a hard ground ball to right to put two on with no outs. Greer appeared to labor for the first time all night but struck out the next to batters. A passed ball during the next at bat moved the runners to second and third with two outs. Martin delivered a hard grounder to center to plate Jones and Morren and pull the Eagles within one run 3-2. Greer got Jake Current to roll a ground ball back to the mound and end the inning with Dickson clinging to the one run lead. In the bottom of the 6th, the Cougars got an insurance run. Lyell lead off with a fly out to right but Jack Sensing got on with a hard ground ball back up the box. Grimes singled to center and Sensing moved u to third, Coach Rodney Parker dialed up a squeeze bunt and Sensing scored standing up to make it 4-2 Cougars. Ethan Henley grounded out to second to end the inning.

In the seventh, Buttrey walked on four pitches to start things off for the Eagles. Caleb Reed tried to sacrifice bunt Buttrey over bunt no one cover first base for the Cougars. Reed was safe and Buttrey advanced to third on the play. With runners on the corners Ethan Huner scorched a line drive to first but Lyell snagged it and landed on first base for a double play, Buttrey held tight at third. With two outs, Greer got Jones to ground out to second for the final out and the Cougars won their second straight district series.

Creek Wood baseball played a pair of games schedule for Thursday on Wednesday night instead to try and avoid the rain. The Red Hawks took the first game 13-4 over Goodpasture and topped host team Sycamore 9-2 early on. Nash Faught picked up the win for the Red Hawks. The Lady Cougars got a two run homer from Makray Odom and Payton Grove had a solo shot to give the Lady Cougars a 3-0 over Brentwood. Brooklin Lee was stellar once again with a three hit shut out and 17 strikeouts.

Lee, Lady Cougars Blank Franklin 7-0

The Dickson County Lady Cougars moved to 7-0 (1-0) with a 7-0 blowout of the visiting Franklin Lady Rebels Tuesday night.

Junior Brooklin Lee mowed down the Lady Rebels in the first inning with a  pair of ground outs and her first strike out of the night. In the bottom of the first, Dickson start a methodical offensive onslaught that allowed them to pull away. Selena Crafton walked on the first four pitches she saw, Makray Odom followed with a single which set Payton Grove up with two on and no outs. Grove used a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position for Ashley Scott. Scott appeared to fly out to right field but Catherine Keeton dropped the ball which allowed Scott to reach on a two base error and both runners scored. Back to back ground outs ended the inning but put Dickson up 2-0 after one.

In the second, Franklin got their first baserunner. After a Sydney Smith strikeout, Keeton sent a bounding ball toward third, Keely Buchanan couldn’t handle the ball and Keeton reach on an error. Lee struckout Maddy Sherwood, her pitching counterpart, and the Becca Estes gunned down a courtesy runner moments later to end the inning.

After a leadoff single by Buchanan to start the second, the Lady Cougars went in order still leading 2-0.

Lee tallied two more strikeouts in the top of the third. then in the bottom of the inning Grove and Scott hit back to back singles. Grove moved up to third on the Scott single leaving runners on the corner and one out for Lee. She delivered a ground ball to third, Smith looked Grove back but as soon as the ball was thrown to first the senior broke for home and scored ahead of the throw back from first to put Dickson up 3-0.

Franklin went in order again in the top of the fourth. Buchanan led off the home half of the fourth with a bunt single to third. Keyle Bell sacrificed to move her up but Becca Estes followed with a pop up to the catcher. With two outs, Crafton hit a grounder back to the mound but first basemen Bryanna Lamm mishandled the throw and allowed Crafton to reach. Buchanan came in from second on the overthrow putting Dickson up 4-0 to start the fifth.

Franklin got a walk by Sherwood after the first two batters of the inning stuckout but Lamm struck out to end the inning and the threat by the Lady Rebels. Dickson loaded the bases with three straight single by Scott, Lee, and Allison Pendergrass but only managed to push across one run in the inning when Bell hit a shot back up the middle to center.

Leading 5-0 Lee got Franklin to go in order and had a no hitter through six complete innings. Crafton led off the home half with a single. Odom flew out to right for the first out. Grove followed with a rocket RBI double to left. She advanced to came around to score on a Scott RBI single. Scott was thrown out trying to take second and Lee struck out to end the inning.

Lee surrendered a solid single to Libby Sugg, a BYU signee, to break up the no-no and then allowed a follow up single to Cassie Hayes. With two runners on Lee got strikeout number 10 by K-ing Smith. She then throw out Sugg on a fielders choice for the second out and Sherwood struck out to end the game.

Lee got the win with 11 strikeouts over 7 innings, walked 1 and surrendered a pair of hits. Grove was 2 for 3 with a single, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, playing in the number 28 jersey instead of her traditional number 23 jersey. Tuesday night’s two hits doubled her season total, no word yet on whether she will continue to wear the 28 jersey.

Other scores from Tuesday night; Dickson County baseball got the win over Independence 3-0, Ben Powlas had a two run home run and Brett Lyell pitched a complete game three hit shutout to get the win. The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks got an 8-2 win over East Hickman, Brett Jackson had a pair of home runs in the win. Creek Wood baseball also got the win in extra innings. Zeke Lecomte (pronounced Lecount) got a two run double to tie the game at 7 in the 7th. Tyler Hines knocked in Mathis Duncan for an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth and the Red Hawks would go on to win 9-7 in 8 innings. Ryan Holley got the win, Hines picked up the save.

 

CW Baseball Powers Past MC 8-3

What started as a pitchers’ duel turned into a slugfest, but the Creek Wood Red Hawks took down district foe Montgomery Central 8-3 on Monday night in Charlotte.

Kyle Klotz dazzled on the hill again to open the game, retiring the first 5 batters he faced, and his offense propped him up in the bottom of the first. Kyle Heggie drew a bases-loaded, 1-out walk to plate Mathis Duncan, then Zeke Lecomte hit into a fielders’ choice to short. Heggie was out at second, but Paul Rahman scored on the play to make it 2-0. As Blake Bellamy stepped to the plate, Montgomery Central catcher Zack Slay threw over to first, and on the play Tyler Hines tried to steal home; Slay got the return throw, and Hines was called out at the plate, killing the threat and ending the first with the Red Hawks up 2-0.

After just one Indians batter had reached through two innings, the wheels fell off for Creek Wood in the top of the third. Consecutive errors in the field followed by a hit batsman loaded the bases for Devin Prewitt with nobody out. The senior hit a sac fly to score Gavin Bellar and cut the lead in half, then a Bill Hamilton single to right scored Sebastian Dean to tie the game at 2-2.

Creek Wood went in order in the bottom half of the third, and Klotz allowed 2 hits in the top of the fourth before Bellar hit a one-out single to score the pitcher Clayton Walker and give Central a 3-2 lead. Dean reached on an error to load the bases, but Drew Shepard hit into a double play to help the Red Hawks off the hook.

Creek Wood found an answer in the bottom of the fourth, as Klotz singled and Levi Plaster came in as a courtesy runner. Plaster gave the Indian defense fits, and as they tried to keep him close to first he managed to steal second anyway. Heggie reached on an error to short, and Plaster scooted around the bases to tie the game 3-3. Lecomte would hit into a fielder’s choice that gunned down Heggie at second, then Bellamy would strike out, but Dylan DePriest would single to right to score Lecomte and give CWHS the lead back at 4-3. Joe Lynn, Junior would then single, but Walker worked a popup to get out of trouble.

Montgomery Central would get a runner as far as third in the top of the fifth inning, but Klotz escaped with the slim 4-3 edge. Walker retired the Red Hawks in order in the bottom half, but Klotz would spin zeroes in the top of the sixth. Creek Wood came up for its last chance at insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and everything fell apart for the Indians.

After Walker retired the first two batters he faced, pinch-hitter Brendan Dickens singled, then DePriest and Lynn, Jr. walked to load the bases. Central made a pitching change and sent in Zach Norfleet, who promptly allowed a 2-RBI single to Duncan and a 2-RBI double to Rahman to make it 8-3 Red Hawks. After two pitches out of the zone, the Indian coaching staff sprinted out of the dugout and pulled Norfleet for T. J. Sauers; the senior replacement needed just five more pitches to strike out Hines and put out the fire.

Unfortunately for the Indians, the damage was already done. Working with a 5-run lead, Klotz would prove very efficient. After allowing a lead-off walk in the top of the seventh, he would get a first pitch fly out, a third pitch fly out, and a fifth pitch fly out to wrap up a complete game win 8-3 over a district foe from just up the road.

Klotz would need just 101 pitches to work the complete game win, allowing 3 runs but only 1 of them earned. He struck out 4 and scattered 5 hits, walking 3. Walker allowed 7 runs, 5 earned, while Norfleet allowed 1 earned run.

Bill Hamilton went 1-for-3 for the Indians with 1 of Central’s 3 RBI on the day;  Bellar also went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Prewitt went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Duncan and Rahman each went 2-for-4 for the Red Hawks with 2-RBI each; Rahman scored once, while Duncan earned MVP honors as he scored twice and had an incredible leaping grab on a fly out in left-center field as well. Heggie, Lecomte, and DePriest each had RBIs in the win as well.

CW Girls Outlast Lewis

As the cold crept in and the Hohenwald sky darkened, Creek Wood’s early lead got trimmed and the Lady Panther bats woke up. Fortunately for the visitors, the long trip and reasonably long game went the way of CWHS, as the Lady Red Hawks held on for an 8-5 win at Lewis County in District 11-AA softball play.

Freshman Bailey Griffith got the start for Creek Wood on the road, dueling with Kayla Saylon for Lewis County.  The Lady Red Hawks struck first with a 3-run top of the second. Sloan Batey drew a bases-loaded, one-out walk to score Samantha Davenport, then Griffith reached on an error by Saylon that scored Brett Jackson to make it 2-0. DeeAnna Massie scored on a sacrifice fly from Kayla Jackson for the third run, but Saylon got out of the inning by getting Montana Thomas to pop out.

Griffith escaped the bottom of the second allowing just a walk, then the war clubs came back out in the top of the third. Davenport doubled, then Brett Jackson doubled her home, and after a Massey single Delaney Bryant singled to center to score Jackson and make it 5-0 Creek Wood.  Lewis County caught Massey at third, then, got Batey to foul tip the ball into the catcher’s mitt to avoid further damage.

Lewis County would finally find an answer in the bottom of the fourth, as Lexie Carroll was hit by a pitch leading off, made it to second on a one-out walk, and was doubled home by Saylon with two outs to make it 5-1 Creek Wood. In the bottom of the fifth, Olivia Brewer drew a one out walk, then got to second two batters later as Carroll reached on an error. Kendall Bain would knock a two-out double to center to plate Brewer, and it was 5-2 Lady Red Hawks.

Shaky defense by the Lady Panthers helped Creek Wood get those runs back in the top of the sixth. Batey led off and reached on an error by Carroll at short, then Griffith tried to bunt her over and popped up the bunt…which fell just out of the reach of sprawling catcher Alexis Biebers. The sac bunt resulted in the error, and two were aboard; a fly out and a ground out later, Beckey Melton socked a 2-RBI double that sent those errors home to roost and give the Lady Red Hawks a 7-2 edge.

Alyssa Jaide led off the bottom of the sixth and reached on an error, then Saylon followed suit. Two batters later, Gracen Barber singled to load the bases, but Saylon was caught at second for the second out. Brewer stepped up, and instead of making the third out and letting Creek Wood wriggle out of trouble, she reached on the Lady Red Hawks’ third error of the inning and allowed Jaide to score. With runners at the corners and Jaci Duncan at the plate, Brewer stole second; on the throw, Barber stole home to trim the lead to 7-4, but Griffith struck out Duncan to retire the side.

Needing an insurance run heading into the seventh, Brett Jackson crushed a second pitch home run to center to make it 8-4. Other than a Bryant walk, however, the rest of the Lady Red Hawks went quietly. Heading to the bottom half, Griffith got things started with a strike out of Carroll, but Bain lined a single to left. Two batters later, Jaide got hit by a pitch to put two on with two out, then Seylon singled to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. Biebers then drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk off the freshman Griffin to walk in a run and make it 8-5. With the winning run in the batter’s box, Griffith locked in, needing just just four pitches to get Barber to ground out to third and end the game with Creek Wood on top by three.

Griffith would pick up the win, allowing 5 runs but only 2 earned runs, scattering 7 hits while walking 4, throwing 147 pitches to go the full 7 innings and striking out 8. Saylon needed just 103 pitches to go the distance, allowed 8 runs but only 4 earned runs, and gave up 2 walks and 10 hits while fanning 4.

Saylon and Bain were the only Lady Panthers with 2 hits, and each had 1 of the team’s 3 RBI. Davenport went 3-for-4 on the day and scored twice for Creek Wood, while Melton had 2 RBI on a 1-for-4 day. The Lady Red Hawks had a clear MVP with the bat, however, as Brett Jackson was the only batter with both 3 hits and 2 RBI on the night, and was the only CWHS baserunner to score 3 times herself.