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.