DC Breaks CW’s Hearts On Final Drive

The pundits didn’t think Creek Wood had a chance. Those pundits were wrong, as the smaller Red Hawks under first-year head coach Justin Palmer dominated the season opening showdown against the established Dickson County squad on Friday night.

Unfortunately for the home side, the final score did not reflect the tone of the game as the Cougars mounted an impressive comeback and stole the win 21-15 in Charlotte.

The two sides traded punts in the opening quarter, and the Red Hawks got the raw end of the field position battle in the process. However, two big plays from running back Ethan Griffin sparked Creek Wood on a late drive–the latter being a 30 yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in the opening stanza. The snap on the extra point try was wide and bounced off holder Luke Street’s hand, but he chased it down and somehow found the endzone on the left side of the field, giving CWHS an 8-0 lead.

Creek Wood shocked the visiting Cougars with an onside kick and drove the ball deep into Dickson County’s end, but the drive stalled. The Red Hawks had multiple trips into the red zone in the first half, but were unable to cash in, with a missed field goal and a turnover on downs at the two. Dickson County also had miscues in the opening stanzas, including a costly clipping penalty that negated a touchdown that could have led to the tie. When the first half came to a close, Creek Wood still held on to the 8-0 lead.

Almost five minutes into the third, Dickson County finally found an answer, as Collier Wolcott banged his way into the endzone from seven yards out, but the two-point conversion was no good and the Red Hawks still led 8-6. Creek Wood answered back quickly with a 9 yard Griffin touchdown with 3:26 left in the third, and the Coulter Dotson extra point made it 15-6 Red Hawks.

Just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Cougars answered right back with a 90 yard touchdown run from Tez Coleman, and the Chase Rampaul extra point made it 15-13 CWHS. Neither side could find the knockout punch right away in a tight fourth quarter, but fate began to intervene in the final minutes.

Creek Wood was trying to run the clock down, but the clock malfunctioned and referees had to keep the time on the field. The Red Hawks were unable to pick up the first down and had to punt the ball back to DCHS with mere minutes left and a field goal lead.

Jacob Murfree and the Dickson County offense responded by going to work. Unfazed by the unique clock situation, the visitors marched down the field and took the 21-15 lead off a Darian Burns 11 yard touchdown run and two-point conversion with around 20 seconds left.

Rampaul drove the kick down against the Red Hawk return game, and Creek Wood was unable to answer the DCHS score especially with no clear indicator of time remaining. The officials’ clocks ran out, and a 194 yard quarter by the Cougar offense shocked the home fans with a 21-15 walkoff win to make it 2 in a row for the Navy and Orange.

Creek Wood cycled quarterbacks Peyton Gibbs and Devan Higgins with solid results, a combined 16 of 24 for 162 and an interception, while the Cougars found less success through the air, punted 7 times, and were called for 12 penalties resulting in 90 yards. While both sides excelled in the run game, however, Dickson County made its hay on the ground. CWHS rushed 41 times for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, but Dickson County only rushed 14 times but amassed 260 yards and 3 scores. Griffin finished with both scores for the Red Hawks, but Dickson County had a pair of 100 yard rushers: Coleman with 117 yards and a touchdown, and Burns with 108 and a score.

Dickson County hosts Columbia on Friday night, in a game that can be heard on WDKN 1260 AM and 101.5 The One FM. Creek Wood looks to rebound with a road trip to Fairview, a game that can be heard right here on RFCsports.com by clicking on the Listen Live button.

Lady Cougars Luck Runs Out in ‘Ship

Dickson County’s dream of repeating as state champs came up short on Friday against the Lady Wildcats of Wilson Central. After battling back all week long the Lady Cougars ran out of luck two wins shy of their season long goal. Brooklin Lee, who pitched a total of 46 1/3 innings during the week, seemed to finally hit a wall on Friday afternoon. After throwing 66% of her pitches for strikes throughout the week Lee struggled to throw 56% for strike in this game, many of those coming after a disastrous start that saw the Lady Cougars fall behind 6-0 after two innings. In the second, Coach Shane Buchanan warmed Mariah Stacy to replace Lee but after talking with the junior elected to leave her in the game. Lee ended the inning with a comebacker and her team rallied immediately. Makray Odom doubled to start the third, tying the tournament record for doubles in a tournament with six, and setting the table for a comeback. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Payton Grove, Odom scored on a single by Ashley Scott. Scott moved up to second on a passed ball and Lee drove her in with a double to left. After Pendergrass single to center and moved Lee to third, Keely Buchanan hit a sacrifice fly to drive in another run for Dickson County to cut the lead in half 6-3. With the lead trimmed, Lee came out firing on all cylinders and didn’t allow a run the rest of the game. Dickson got two more runs in the top of the fourth. Becca Estes singled to left but her courtesy runner, Savannah Mathis, was cut down at second on a fielder’s choice. Odom followed with a single to center and Grove loaded the bases with a fielder’s choice to short. Scott then drove in two more runs on a controversial play that would ultimately affect the outcome of the entire game. Tournament rules state that any ball that passes the temporary outfield fences without being touched by a player is a ground rule double, Scott’s ball appeared to play off the right fielder, Kendal Tomlin, but the first base umpire ruled it did not and held up Grove at third instead of allowing her to score and Scott to advance to third or home. The play made the score 6-5 but Dickson’s inability to score another run in the game made the play loom large for the Lady Cougars. Dickson got the tying run to third in the top of the sixth when Estes singled, moved to second on an error that allowed Crafton to reach and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Odom. Neither Grove nor Scott could drive her in to tie the game. Then in the top of the seventh, Lee singled to center and advanced to second on an error by the center fielder, Lily Bombard. Pendergrass walked to put runners at first and second with no outs but Keely Buchanan and Keylee Bell both failed to move Lee to third and Estes struck out looking to end the game and the season for Dickson County. Lee pitched six innings, allowed three hits, walked five, struck out one, and allowed six earned runs in the loss.

Lady Cougars Top Ooltewah in Loser’s Final

Dickson County again needed extra inning heroics to keep their dreams of being repeat champions alive on Friday morning. Facing elimination for the third straight game the Lady Cougars met up with the Ooltewah Lady Owls for the second time in the tournament. The Lady Owls held the distinction of being the first team to beat Dickson County at the Spring Fling in nearly two years when they picked up a 3-2 win in ten innings on Wednesday. After playing 31 combined innings and four games already in the week Dickson was looking for a quick and easy win so they could get ready for Wilson Central in the championship round but Ooltewah was not willing to oblige. The Lady Owls jumped out to an early lead, 1-0, on an opposite field RBI double by freshman pitcher Kayla Boseman that drove in Shelby Sutton. Dickson would get the run back in the bottom of the second when junior Ashley Scott drove the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for a solo home run that knotted things up at 1-1. The tie was short lived, in the top of the third, Allie Jones sent a routine ground ball to first and Makray Odom failed to field it which allowed Summer Williams to score from second to regain the lead for Ooltewah 2-1. In the top of the fifth, the Lady Owls added another run, Tiera Lemon singled, moved to second on a sac bunt by Sutton, advanced to third on a Jones ground out, and then scored on a passed ball with Boseman at the plate. Dickson recovered in the bottom of the fifth, Allison Pendergrass led things off with a single behind second base. After a pop out to short by Keely Buchanan, Keylee Bell singled to right to put runners at first and third with one out.  Becca Estes followed up with a sacrifice fly t left that scored Pendergrass t cut the lead in half. On the play, Boseman attempted to pick off Bell tagging up from first and threw the ball into right center field, allowing Bell to score from second on the error and tying the score at 3 each. No one would score again until the top of the 11th inning. Tiebreaker rules place a runner at second to start every inning beginning in the tenth. In the eleventh, Ooltewah loaded the bases and pushed across two runs on a Jones single to right. Dickson trailed 5-3 to start their half of the 11th with Baker Sensing running at second. Selena Crafton singled to third to start the inning but Odom grounded out and Grove flied out without driving in either run. With Sensing at third and Crafton at second Ashley Scott singled to center on a 1-2 count to tie the game, it was Scott’s second and third RBIs of the day. Lee got the Lady Owls to go in order and started the bottom of the 12th on second as a runner. Pendergrass sacrificed her to third and Keely Buchanan drove Lee in with a single to center to advance Dickson on to the championship game. Lee pitched all 12 innings, allowed 10 hits, walked two, gave up only two earned runs and struck out ten while stranding 14 Lady Owls. Dickson managed eight hits off of Boseman but only left 5 runners on base. Scott went 2 for 5 with a single, home run, and three RBIs.

A Blowout and a Heart Stopper, Lady Cougars Stay Alive

Let no one say Dickson County’s tournament run has been without drama. One day after a pair of extra inning games, the Lady Cougar’s season came down to their final strike and they escaped unscathed. Before all the drama, Dickson made quick work of Collierville in the first game of the day, riding 15 hits to bring home 14 runs in a 14-2 dismantling of the Lady Dragons. The big gap allowed Coach Shane Buchanan to sit Brooklin Lee after just three innings to conserve her pitch count after Lee threw 262 pitches on Wednesday. While there were many offensive highlights in game one, Ashley Scott’s two run home run and Makray Odom’s three doubles headlined the morning. Odom’s three doubles tied a tournament record for most in a single game. Lee allowed two hits, no runs, and struck out four in three innings of work. Mariah Stacy finished things off with two innings, three hits, two earned runs and a strikeout.

After the offensive explosion in game one Dickson picked up where they left off in game two and Siegel. Selena Crafton and Odom singled to start the game, Payton Grove moved them up with a sac bunt, and Ashley Scott drove them in with a single to put Dickson up 2-0 after their first at bat. The offense would stall though, and after a four run second inning by the Lady Stars they trailed 4-2 until the top of the seventh inning. The Lady Cougars had chances before the final frame and stranded nine runner throughout the game. In the seventh, Crafton crushed a ball to center but a stiff wind knocked it down just short of the wall for out one. Odom sparked things with a double, her fifth of the tournament, but Grove grounded out for the second out with Odom advancing to their. Still trailing 4-2, Dickson got a lift when Scott reached on what was officially ruled an error on an overthrow to first that allowed Odom to score making it 4-3 with a runner on and two outs. Lee delivered offensively this time punching a ball to left on a 2-2 count that got past left fielder Jordee Cothron. The error brought Scott in to score and tie the game but Dickson wasn’t done yet. Baker Sensing ran for Lee at second and Allison Pendergrass lofted a pitch to shallow right to drive her in for the go ahead run. In the bottom of the seventh, Lee got to groundouts and a strikeout to seal the win. Lee scattered seven hits, walked two, gave up one earned run, and struck out eight. The eight strikeouts give Lee 35 total in 28.1 innings with a .988 era for the tournament. Odom’s five RBIs leave her one short of tying the tournament record for doubles in a tournament.

With the win Dickson advances to play Ooltewah again Friday morning at 9. Dickson lost 3-2 in 9 innings on day one.

Lexington Ends Run for CW Softball

The stars seemed to align for the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks on Thursday morning, as an RBI single from Brett Jackson gave CWHS a 1-0 lead over Lexington in the bottom of the first inning of an elimination game. Unfortunately, everything came out of alignment as the Big Red Lady Tigers tied the game in the next inning, scored in every inning but the first, and nearly run-ruled the Lady Red Hawks in the fifth before turning back Creek Wood 15-5 after six innings.

Base runners were plentiful, as neither side had a clean inning all game, and the teams combined for 21 hits and 10 errors. Lexington tied the game in the third as Hannah Bassham dropped down a 2-out bunt single, but an error by Sloan Batey let runner Bailey Lessenberry score from first. Beckey Melton fired back immediately to catch Bassham trying to take second on the throw, but the Lady Tigers of Lexington had tied the game going to the bottom of the second.

An RBI single by Brooklyn Hays in the third gave Lexington a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, but back to back homers by Kaitlyn Kelly and Iesha Kizer made it 5-1 going to the bottom of the third, after Bailey Griffith was lifted for Libby Baldwin to get the final out.  A single and an error in the fourth would put runners at the corners, but a line out double play to short would leave just the lead runner, who would then score on an error to make it 6-1.

Four singles, a walk, and two errors plated 5 runs in the top of the fifth, making it 11-1 Lexington, meaning the Lady Red Hawks needed at least one run in the bottom half to avoid the mercy rule. Kayla Jackson singled with one out, then Griffith walked and Davenport singled to score Jackson, allowing CWHS to play on 11-2. Griffith tried to score on the play as well, but in a hard collision at home plate she was called out, and pitcher Natalie Cogdell got Melton to line out to center to end the fifth.

A hit-by-pitch, a walk, and an error loaded the bases with one out, and a walk drove in a run. Baldwin battled back and struck out the next batter she faced, but a fielder’s choice off the next batter resulted in another run with everyone safe. A 2-RBI double made it 15-2, and Creek Wood needed at least 4 in the bottom of the sixth to play on.

Brett Jackson led off and reached on an error, then Braressa DeLoach walked and Batey singled to load the bases with no outs. Montana Thomas singled to drive in 2 runs and trim the lead to 15-4. DeeAnna Massey grounded out to the pitcher, moving Thomas to second but not allowing Batey to score from third, but a Kayla Jackson groundout would plate the run and make it 15-5 with two outs. Creek Wood needed one more run to play on into the seventh, but Cogdell needed just four more pitches to get Griffith to fly out to right and end the game in six via the mercy rule.

Creek Wood defensively had 8 errors and allowed 14 hits in the loss, meaning that Griffith worked 2 and 2/3 innings and allowed 5 runs but none earned, and Baldwin 10 runs but just 2 earned in 3 and 1/3. Cogdell needed 100 pitches to get through 6 innings, allowing 5 runs but only 3 earned, walking 4, striking out 2, and allowing 7 hits.

Every batter for Lexington except for a pinch hitter got on base, and all but one of those batters had a hit. Hays led the day, going 3 for 5 with 5 RBI, while Megan Maness went 1 for 5 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Conversely, every batter for Creek Wood got on base, but all 7 hits were by 7 different Lady Red Hawks. Thomas led the way by going 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, while Kayla Jackson and Brett Jackson each had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored.

Creek Wood’s season ends on a low note, but the Lady Red Hawks also end the season as one of the top six teams in the state in AA softball, while returning a number of young pieces to next year’s team. Lexington went on to eliminate CAK 9-3 on Thursday afternoon and Chattanooga Central dropped a 2-0 decision in the Winners’ Bracket Final to Greeneville, so the two teams that beat Creek Wood in this tournament–the Purple Pounders and the Lady Tigers–face off at 9am on Friday. The winner would have to beat Greeneville twice on Friday afternoon to walk away with the championship.

Lady Red Hawks Blanked by Chatt Central

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks battled furiously against Chattanooga Central on Wednesday night, but the Purple Pounders did just enough to hold back the Lady Red Hawks 4-0 in the Winners’ Bracket of the TSSAA Class AA State Softball Tournament.

A scoreless battle between Creek Wood’s Libby Baldwin and Chattanooga Central’s Brooke Parrott raged on into the third. The Lady Red Hawks loaded the bases in the top of the second, as Braressa DeLoach reached on a 1-out error, Montana Thomas drew a 2-out walk, and DeeAnna Massey singled back to Parrott. However, the nearly-sidearm pitcher struck out Kayla Jackson to leave the bases loaded and the score knotted at zero.

Baldwin allowed a walk and a double in the bottom of the second, but got out of it, but in the bottom of the third, Samantha Scott led off with a solo homer to make it 1-0 Purple Pounders. Parrott singled to right, pounding the ball past the glove of Massey who misplayed it. When Massey got to the ball and fired it in, the throw was offline, and in the confusion Parrott scored on the error to make it 2-0, and Baldwin tagged out for Bailey Griffith.

The freshman allowed a single, then retired six in a row before Parrott singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. A fielder’s choice, another single, and another fielder’s choice put two on, and they moved up on a passed ball. Kerri Sylvester hit a 2-out, 2-RBI single to left to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Lady Red Hawks went in order in the top of the sixth, and with 2-outs in the top of the seventh Thomas managed a double, but Parrott got Massey to line out right to the face of the pitcher to escape with the win.

Parrott allowed 4 hits and a walk over 7 shutout innings, striking out 7. Baldwin worked 2-plus innings and allowed 2 earned runs, 4 hits, a home run, and 2 walks, while Griffith worked 4 innings of 5 hit ball, allowing 2 earned runs while walking none and striking out 3.

Sylvester went 1-for-2 with a walk and 2 RBIs, while Scott went 1-for-4 with the solo shot, scoring and driving in her own run. Three other Purple Pounders had 2 hits each. Massey, Thomas, Beckey Melton, and Kayla Jackson each had a hit, but Thomas earned MVP honors for Creek Wood by drawing the only walk and recording 6 outs on 6 chances defensively at first.

Chattanooga Central plays in the Winner’s Bracket Semifinal Thursday afternoon at 5:30 against Greeneville, but Creek Wood faces Lexington Thursday morning at 11:30 in a Loser’s Bracket elimination matchup. The Lady Red Hawks would need to win 5 straight games in 2 days in order to take home the championship.

Dickson Plays 19 Innings in Two Games, Falls to Loser’s Bracket

The Lady Cougars’ dream of back-to-back state championships took a big hit Wednesday when they dropped to the loser’s bracket. 

Dickson was flat in the 2015 Spring Fling opener against Houston but eeked out a 5-2 win in ten innings. Trailing 2-0 and down to their last out the Lady Cougars mounted a rally. Keely Bell singled and moved Allison Pendergrass to second. Selena Crafton grounded to second and Kayla Parker booted the ball to give Dickson a chance with bases loaded. Makray Odom cut the lead in half with a single to left, the Payton Grove popped up to the pitcher, Jenna Cotter. Cotter had to make an over the shoulder catch and the ball rolled out for an RBI error that tied the game. Fast forward to the top of the tenth, tournament rules place a runner, Brooklin Lee, at second to start the inning. A Becca Estes sac bunt moves her over and Keely Buchanan drives her in for the first run. After Bell reached on another error by Cotter, Crafton drove two runs in to make it 5-2. Lee then got the side in order in the bottom of the inning for the win. Lee threw all ten innings and struck out 16 batters in the first game.

In game two, against Ooltewah, Dickson’s offensive woes would continue. Both teams were held scoreless through five innings. Finally in the sixth, Crafton singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a sac bunt by Grove and took home on another passed ball to get on the board 1-0. In the same inning, Ashley Scott walked and Lee chased her home with a double to left to add a run. Leading 2-0 with six defensive outs to go, Dickson gave up a lead off single and then allowed Auburn Collake to reach on an error. Ooltewah pinch ran for Collake and it paid off. After a sac bunt, Jadyn Raschke double to left to score a pair of runs and tie the game a two a piece. The two team went scoreless until Ooltewah loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with no outs. Lee struck out Mabry Carpenter but Collake struck again with a single to right to walk off with the 3-2 win in nine innings. Lee pitched 9 innings, struck out 7, and allowed only one earned run. In total for the day she pitch 18 and a third innings and threw 262 pitches in the two games. 

Dickson will play Collierville at 10am Thursday in an elimination game.

Creek Wood Outlasts South Gibson at State

The TSSAA Class AA State Softball Tournament got started with a bang, as Creek Wood and South Gibson combined for 7 runs and 3 homers in just the first inning on Tuesday afternoon. When the smoke cleared, Creek Wood held on to outlast the sixth-year school 7-6 and move on to the next round of the winners’ bracket.

Sophomore pitcher Libby Baldwin got the start for the Lady Red Hawks, but ran into some trouble early. Aly Walker hit a solo homer with one out in the top of the first, then after a walk and a fielder’s choice Taylor Benton hit a two run bomb. Creek Wood was down 3-0 before they ever picked up a bat.

The Lady Red Hawks didn’t waste much time changing things, however. Kayla Jackson led off the bottom of the first with a walk, and Bailey Griffith sacrificed her to second. That wasn’t needed, however, as Samantha Davenport homered to cut the lead to 3-2. Becky Melon walked, then Brett Jackson singled, setting the table as Braressa DeLoach hit an RBI double, and Jackson scored on a Sloan Batey ground out to make it 4-3 CWHS.

Baldwin got the Lady Hornets in order in the second, and Creek Wood added insurance in the bottom half as DeeAnna Massey reached on a leadoff error, then scored on a one out single from Griffith to make it 5-3.

Baldwin got into trouble in the top of the third, however. She gave up a walk, a single, and another walk, and Head Coach Nancy Jackson made the pitching change back to Griffith. A wild pitch allowed Brittni Pearson to score from third and make it 5-4, but Griffith retired the next three in order to get out of the jam.

That would start a streak for the freshman that would see her retire 9 out of 10 batters, only allowing a walk. Unfortunately, Kaitlyn Martin retired 8 out of 9 Lady Red Hawks after Creek Wood scored in the second, so it remained 5-4 going into the bottom of the fifth. Davenport led off with a single, and after a flyout she moved up on a wild pitch, then Brett Jackson drove her in with a single. DeLoach singled to put runners on the corners, then a 2-out single by Montana Thomas made it 7-4, before DeLoach was called out on a controversial play at the plate which ended the inning.

After allowing a leadoff walk, a single, and a sacrifice that put the courtesy runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth, Griffith tried to end the threat. She got a strikeout, but an error allowed Jessica Bland to reach and a run to score, making it 7-5. Griffith bowed up and got out of trouble, but the Lady Red Hawks went down in order in the bottom of the sixth to give her no room for error in the South Gibson seventh.

An awkward play in center by Kayla Jackson led to two errors and put the leadoff batter Walker at third, and after Griffith coaxed a pop out, Walker scored on a sac fly to center by Ashten Petty to make it 7-6 with 2 outs. Benton singled on a 6-pitch at-bat to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but Griffith got her to ground out to second to end the game.

Baldwin officially worked 2 innings and allowed 4 runs, all earned, on 3 hits–2 homers–and 3 walks, striking out 1. Griffith came in for 5 innings and allowed 2 runs–none earned–while scattering 2 hits and 2 walks but striking out 4. South Gibson used Martin for all 6 innings, 7 runs–6 of them earned–on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3.

Benton and Walker each had 2 of South Gibson’s 5 hits on the day, and Benton drove in 2 runs while Walker and Petty each had 1 RBI. The Lady Red Hawks were led by Davenport, who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. DeLoach went 2-for-3 with an RBI, as did Brett Jackson who also scored twice. Batey and Thomas each had an RBI, as did MVP Griffith, who combined a 1-for-3, 1 RBI day at the plate with 5 innings of 2-hit relief and allowing no earned runs to lock up the win and the honor.

Creek Wood will battle Chattanooga Central on Wednesday afternoon. The Purple Pounders lived up to their name on Tuesday afternoon, hammering DeKalb County for 5 homers in an 8-3 win. Chattanooga Central took a 2-0 lead in the first off a 2-run bomb but walked in a run in the bottom half to make it 2-1. After scoring a run on an error in the third, the Purple Pounders got a solo shot leading off the fourth to make it 4-1. The Tigerettes answered back with a leadoff dinger in the bottom of the fifth, but Central had other plans. A solo shot in the sixth, then back to back jacks in the top of the seventh, gave Chattanooga Central plenty of insurance, but DeKalb County got one run back in the bottom of the seventh. How? Another solo homer, of course.

Creek Wood collides with fellow power-hitting team Chattanooga Central Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm, but first Dickson County battles Houston that morning at 11:30 or so. Depending on the outcome of that game, the Creek Wood game could lead into a Dickson County afternoon game or both could be held at the same time; stay tuned to WDKN and The One FM for all the latest scheduling notes.

Lady Red Hawks Back to State, First Time Since ’11

One hit proved to be the difference. And one pitching performance was just strong enough.

It was hardly perfect, but the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks scratched for 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off White House-Heritage 2-0 in Friday’s sectional game, punching Creek Wood’s ticket back to the State Softball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

Libby Baldwin had her own battles on the slab against the Lady Patriots. She allowed a hit in each of the first three innings before her first 1-2-3 frame came in the fourth, then another in the fifth. Baldwin escaped a jam in the second as back to back singles put runners on with nobody out, then Sami West sacrificed them into scoring position. Sydney West hit an infield single of sorts towards third, as the Creek Wood defense prevented the run coming home but allowed the hitter to get on and load the bases with just one out. With Addison Holmes at third, Megan Groves at second, and Sydney West at first, Baldwin worked a popout to third from Lauren Osteen and got Destiny Blair to strike out swinging to end the inning, and from there the sophomore pitcher just got better.

Baldwin allowed a 1-out walk in the third that was erased soon after, picked off by catcher Becky Melton, and after allowing back-to-back singles Baldwin got Holmes to fly out to center and get off the hook. Groves broke up a string of 8 straight Lady Patriot outs with a single and Holmes quickly followed, but Baldwin got the Wests on a fly out and a put out to set the table in the bottom of the sixth. Staked to the lead Baldwin allowed a 1-out single and nothing else in the top of the seventh to send Creek Wood back to State.

Offensively, the Lady Red Hawks struggled for much of the game. Creek Wood got its first base runner in the bottom of the second when Melton led off and reached on an error. Brett Jackson singled, moving 10 Petty to second, but Braressa DeLoach struck out and bad luck hit Sloan Batey; she struck out on a dropped third strike, which turned into an unconventional double play as Petty and Batey were both gunned down to end the inning.

Kayla Jackson hit a 2-out single in the third, then Bailey Griffith was hit by a pitch, but Samantha Davenport hit into a force to get White House-Heritage off the hook again. Melton led off the fourth with a double, and her runner Petty took third after Brett Jackson flied out to right. DeLoach got on base as Grove tried the fielder’s choice and got no one, runners on the corners with one out. Once again, Alyssa Arden pulled the string, getting a strikeout and a flyout to keep the score 0-0.

Creek Wood started the fifth with a DeeAnna Massey single, but Kayla Jackson hit into a fielder’s choice that erased her. Griffith and Davenport both grounded out to send it to the sixth, and when the Lady Red Hawks came back up again, they were locked in. Melton and Jackson led off with back to back singles, then DeLoach hit into a fielder’s choice that erased the courtesy runner Petty at third. Batey grounded out to short, but the runners tagged up putting two in scoring position with two out as Montana Thomas stepped up. The player affectionately called “Moose” banged a double off the FirstBank sign in right center field, plating the only two runs of the game and giving Creek Wood the 2-0 lead. Arden got out of the frame and on to the seventh with a groundout, but the damage was already done. Thomas even drifted into foul ground to squeeze the final out of the game, a foul pop up, and the celebration began.

For the Lady Patriots, Groves went 3-for-3 on the day, while Holmes went 2-for-3. Baldwin scattered 9 hits and a walk through 7 complete innings of work, but she got the shutout, the win, and two strikeouts to boot. Arden only allowed 7 hits, walked no one, and struck out 4 Lady Red Hawks in her 6 innings of work, but the 2-RBI double allowed Creek Wood to score the only runs of the game and take their place at State. Melton and Brett Jackson led the way with 2-for-3 days, while Massey and Kayla Jackson both had hits as well; however, Thomas was the hero of the day, going 1-for-3 with the only RBIs.


Creek Wood will open the TSSAA Class AA State Softball Tournament Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm against South Gibson, at Starplex Field #2, while Greeneville and Lexington will be battling at the same time at nearby McKnight Park. The Lady Red Hawks will then await the result of the 5:30 game on their same field, as the winner of CW/South Gibson plays the winner of DeKalb County and Chattanooga Central Wednesday at 4:00 pm and the losers play in an elimination game Wednesday at 10:00 am. The other game in AA features CAK facing familiar foe Camden.

The RFC Sports Network will carry every game for both Creek Wood and Dickson County at the State Championships on WDKN and The One FM, employing wraparound coverage when necessary. Dickson County battles Houston at 11:30 am on Wednesday, then battles the Bearden/Ooltewah winner that night at 5:30, or the loser that afternoon at 4:00.