Creek Wood softball ended the regular season a little later than other area sports, because of inclement weather conditions earlier in the year. While the Red Hawk baseball team was opening play in the District 11-AA Tournament, the Lady Red Hawks were holding Senior Night against Lewis County. In the end, a walk-off walk led to an 11-1 win in 6 innings via the mercy rule, as senior Beckey Melton ended the game early for the home side.
Libby Baldwin went the distance for Creek Wood on the slab, and made few mistakes. Jacie Duncan reached in the top of the first on a bloop single to shallow left, but Baldwin left her stranded. In the bottom half, Tara Rahman singled to lead off, but senior Braressa DeLoach hit into a fielder’s choice that cut down Rahman at second. Melton then hit the second pitch she saw a few feet inside the left field foul line for a 2 run homer, giving Creek Wood a lead it would never relinquish.
Lewis County would strand another runner in the top of the second and two more in the third, but Baldwin held serve. Rahman would pad the Lady Red Hawk lead with a 2-RBI single in the second to make it 4-0, and Bailey Griffith would sock a 3-run homer in the third to make it 7-0. Lewis County changed pitchers after that inning, opting for first baseman Kendall Tharpe to finish it out.
In the top of the fifth, Alysa Jude led off with a first pitch single, and Sydney Benson would drive her in with a first pitch double to left to make it 7-1. Two batters later a Duncan double would put two in scoring position, but Baldwin would get out of trouble with a strikeout and a groundout. With a runner at first and two out in the bottom of the fifth, a miscue gave Creek Wood a second chance–which was quickly taken away. Melton drove one to Mattie King in right, but as King tried to squeeze it the ball fell off the glove and Melton reached on an error, but DeLoach was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
After Baldwin stranded another runner for the Lady Panthers in the top of the sixth, Creek Wood looked to end it early in the bottom half. After senior Brett Jackson flew out to center leading off, eight straight batters reached including a fielder’s choice. After a single and two walks, Griffith singled in senior Montana Thomas, keeping the bases loaded with only one out. Annaleigh Coursey followed suit, making it 9-1, and Rahman hit into a fielder’s choice to cut down a run at the plate. DeLoach reached on an error to short, scoring Griffith, and Melton stepped in with two down, but the bases loaded in a 9-run game. Tharpe tried to pitch to her carefully, but Melton coaxed a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run, and Creek Wood led by 10 after the top of the fifth, ending the game 11-1 via the mercy rule.
Duncan had 2 of Lewis County’s 5 hits off Baldwin, but Benson had the lone RBI. Griffith went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored to lead the day for CWHS, while Melton went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI. Thomas also went 3-for-4, scoring twice. Baldwin went the distance for the Lady Red Hawks, allowing 5 hits and an earned run in 6 complete innings walking 1 and striking out 5. Kayla Saylor went 3 complete for Lewis County, allowing 8 hits and 7 runs, all earned, walking 2 and allowing 2 homers while striking out none. Tharpe worked 2 and 2/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, and earning 2 strikeouts.
Creek Wood baseball roughed up Fairview 7-1 in the District 11-AA Tournament at Lewis County. The Red Hawks will face host Lewis County Friday night at 7pm in Hohenwald, in a game that will be heard on WDKN and The One FM. The Lady Red Hawks will host Montgomery Central Friday night, to open tournament play.