The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks traveled to East Hickman on Thursday night, facing a Lady Eagle squad which had played around 10 fewer games this season than the visiting Lady Red Hawks. The home side got Creek Wood to go in order in the top of the first and scratched for a 1-0 lead in the bottom half, but the Lady Red Hawks would quickly turn that around and topple East Hickman in an 18-1 run-rule blowout.
Freshman pitcher Bailey Griffith allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the first to Brooke Graham, and three batters later Morgan Tucker singled to left, scoring Graham and giving East a 1-0 lead. Every out in the inning was by the fly ball, and the Lady Eagles would load the bases with two away, but Griffith worked her magic and limited the damage to 1-0 through one complete.
Back to back walks to open the top of the second set the table for Creek Wood, and after a strikeout the runners moved up on a groundout. Montana Thomas doubled to center with two outs to clear the bases and give the Lady Red Hawks a lead they would never relinquish, up 2-1.
Griffith would settle down immediately, retiring the next 8 batters she faced and 11 of the next 12 batters she faced from the second inning on. The offense would prop her up in every inning but the first as well, as Sam Davenport doubled home Kayla Jackson in the third to make it 3-1. The Lady Red Hawks would tally 6 times in the fourth and 9 more in the fifth, capped off by Griffith’s 3 RBI double in the fourth, Brett Jackson’s 2 RBI double in the fifth, and Thomas’ 2 RBI double in the fifth.
The Lady Red Hawks led 18-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, needing just three outs to earn a mercy rule win. Griffith got two quick outs, but back to back walks and a single loaded the bases for the Lady Eagles. Despite the trouble, Griffith worked her way out of trouble with a simple ground ball to short, and the road team earned a massive win in the district race, improving to 16-10-2.
Montana Thomas led the way for Creek Wood, going 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. Griffith went 1-for-3, but drove in 3 runs, and Brett Jackson went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kayla Jackson went 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored and an RBI, while Davenport and Braressa DeLoach also had an RBI each.
Griffith went 5 complete innings for Creek Wood, scattering 4 hits and walking 3 while allowing just 1 run without striking out anyone. East Hickman needed 3 pitchers to get through the contest; the trio combined to allow 18 runs, 9 earned, 18 hits, 6 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
The Creek Wood boys blasted Harpeth 14-0 in baseball action at Creek Wood. However, the lopsided contest caused tempers to flare, leading to a fight, ejections, and possible police involvement. RFC Sports will release more information as it becomes available.
The Dickson County Lady Cougars picked up a non-district win at Harpeth 3-1 on Thursday. The baseball Cougars were off, as they play a doubleheader at Franklin on Friday.