The Creek Wood Red Hawks looked poised to knock off the Camden Lions with a solid showing on a cold, wet night in Charlotte. Instead, the home side found some magic late on Monday night and earned enough insurance runs to turn a blowout into a walk-off 11-1 win in six innings of play instead of the usual seven.
Kyle Heggie, who was so efficient in the early goings Friday night against Dyersburg, went the distance against Camden Central. The top of the first took exactly four pitches–two groundouts, a double, and a pop out. In the bottom half, Paul Rahman reached on an error and Tyler Hines walked; after Kyle Klotz sacrificed them into scoring position, Heggie reached on another error that drove in Rahman and Hines for a 2-0 lead.
Jake Scott led off the top of the third with a single for Camden, and took second on a passed ball. Dalton Whitfield managed an RBI single to drive him in and cut the Creek Wood lead to 2-1, but the Lion threat was not over there. Trent Riley would sacrifice but reach on an error, then Whitfield wound up at third and Riley second all on the play. With two in scoring position and nobody out, Riley drove a fly ball to center and Mathis Duncan tracked it down; Duncan fired a seed home that one-hopped to the Red Hawks’ catcher Blake Bellamy, who sprawled out to tag Whitfield at home for a rare 8-2 double play. Two pitches later, Heggie coaxed a fly ball and escaped with the 2-1 lead intact.
Heggie led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, and Levi Plaster came in to run for the pitcher. Zeke Lecomte would single to put runners at the corners, and a Brendan Dickens sacrifice would score Plaster. Nash Faught would then single to center to score Lecomte and make it 4-1, and though the Lions slammed the door there, Heggie and the Creek Wood defense would not let a runner past second for the remainder of the game.
The Red Hawks went to the bottom of the sixth looking for some insurance runs before looking for the win in the top of the seventh, but it never got to that point. Creek Wood batted around and scored 7 runs in the frame, triggering the 10-run mercy rule and ending the game in the sixth. Duncan started the scoring with a 2-RBI double, followed immediately by a Rahman 2-RBI triple to make it 8-1. Camden’s second reliever of the inning walked the bases loaded, and a Heggie sacrifice scored Rahman before Hines came home on a wild pitch. Creek Wood loaded the bases again, and Joe Lynn, Junior, ended the game by dropping a fly ball in front of an outfielder to score Klotz for an 11-1 walkoff win.
Whitfield was one of the four Lions to each get exactly one hit off Heggie in the contest, but Whitfield had their only RBI, scoring Scott. Lecomte went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Faught 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, making them the only 2 players on the Red Hawk side with more than one hit against Camden pitching. Six Red Hawks managed an RBI, but only Duncan managed 2 RBI on a 1-for-3 day in which he also walked, struck out, and scored.
Heggie earned MVP honors for socking an RBI double and pitching a gem. He needed 76 pitches to mow through a 6-inning complete-game 4-hitter, allowing 1 earned run and a walk while fanning 6. The Lions used 3 pitchers to get through this contest, and while the starter Cody Fry used 110 pitches t get through 5 complete, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while striking out 7, the bullpen fell apart. Blow came in first and allowed 5 earned runs without recording an out, then Hunter Hargis works a third of an inning and gives up 2 runs, including the game ender.
Our next broadcast on the RFC Sports Network will be Tuesday night at 6:30 as the Dickson County Lady Cougars host Ravenwood. The Lady Cougars beat Centennial 2-0 on Monday evening.