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Big Flies Help CW Softball Drub Lady Panthers

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.

CW Softball Rained Out; DC Baseball Gets Swept

A steady shower popped up during the bottom of the first as Creek Wood hosted Pope John Paul II High School for softball on Wednesday afternoon. That shower quickly became a downpour, and then a storm, with lightning strikes in the distance behind straightaway center. The officials suspended play with the Lady Red Hawks up 3-2 with one out in the bottom of the first, and in short order the Lady Knights had piled back on the bus to head back home. The game was cancelled, and with it being a late-season non-district game, it likely will not be made up.

Bailey Griffith got the start for Creek Wood, but after getting the leadoff batter to ground out to short, the JP2 bats woke up. Caitlyn Brinkley singled, then Alley McDonald smacked a homer to make it 2-0 Lady Knights. Savannah Lewis then singled, but Griffith struck out the next batter, opposing pitcher Anna Wantz. Amanda Kuban drew a walk and Olivia Nivison singled to load the bases with two out, but Griffith got Savannah Brown to ground out to short to retire the side.

Wantz didn’t fare much better in the bottom half, as Tara Rahman led off and reached on an error, then Annaleigh Coursey hit a bloop single. Beckey Melton laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, Brett Jackson made that irrelevant by crushing the first pitch she saw for a towering 3-run homer to give Creek Wood the lead back 3-2. Sam Morgan drew a walk and Montana Thomas doubled, but with a 2-2 count to Griffith, officials suspended and ultimately cancelled the game with just one out in the first, meaning the 3-2 game was not official.

In Brentwood, the Bruins and Dickson County Cougars were able to complete their unconventional doubleheader in baseball action. Brentwood resumed the suspended game from Tuesday night up 8-1 in the bottom of the fourth. The Cougars were able to plate three more, but the massive lead proved too much to overcome as Brentwood took the game 14-4. The second game of the day and the third of the series was much more competitive, but the Bruins got the win 4-2 and swept the 3-game set over Dickson County.

CW Walks Off Past Camden 5-4 in 8

With the lightning flashing in the distance, Creek Wood and Camden put on a show of their own in a District 11-AA baseball showdown in Charlotte Tuesday night. Creek Wood carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth, but the Lions tied the game in the sixth and took their first lead of the night in the top of the seventh. However, the Red Hawks rallied to force extras, and walked off in the eighth with a suicide squeeze to eke out a 5-4 win before the storms even arrived.

Creek Wood started early, loading the bases in the bottom of the first with nobody out. Camden Central’s David Hensley was masterful, however, escaping the frame by allowing only one run to cross–Levi Plaster, who scored on an error as Chase Haley hit a comebacker to Hensley that the catcher Drake Jennette couldn’t hold at home. Down 1-0, the Lions rallied back in the top of the seventh. Camden led off with back to back singles (though one was caught stealing), and after Ryan Holley got a strikeout, another single set the table for nine-hole hitter Dustin Santiago, who tied the game with an RBI single that scored Jay Maiden. Seth Hicks would leg out a single that would have loaded the bases, but Hayden Stanford was caught napping at third. Brenden Dickens threw to Phillip Creacy covering third, who threw home to Zeke Lecomte and hosed Stanford at the plate, and the Red Hawks moved on to the bottom of the second in a 1-1 game.

Creacy led off the inning with a walk, got to second on an error, and got to third on a sacrifice before Plaster singled him in to make it 2-1. That score would hold up into the sixth, due in large part to great defense by both sides. Hensley worked around back-to-back walks with a double play to end the bottom of the third, but Creek Wood wriggled out in the top of the fourth as Santiago reached on an error at third with two on, but Joe Lynn, Junior fielded the ball at short and threw home to gun down Dalton Whitfield at the plate to retire the side. With two out in the bottom of the fifth, the Red Hawks loaded the bases again with a single, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch, but a Hensley strikeout left the bases loaded again, and set up the Lion rally.

Austin Stone led off with a single, and Creek Wood lifted Holley for Haley. The fireballing outfielder let Darion Diaz reach on an error, then Maiden reached on another error to load the bases for Camden with no one out. Haley got Whitfield to strike out, but Stanford drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Landon Smith (running for Stone) to tie the game. Haley got out of it with a strikeout and a forceout, but the game was tied 2-2, and aside from a leadoff Creacy single the Red Hawks had no answer in the sixth against Stone who came on in relief.

A one out single by Hensley started the rally for the Lions in the top of the seventh, then Stone drew a walk. Diaz singled to load the bases again, and Maiden delivered with a 2-RBI double to make it 4-2, and put Creek Wood in rally mode in the bottom half. Lecomte led off and reached on a two-base error, then Dickens singled to put the winning run at the plate with no one out in the bottom of the seventh. Haley sacrificed the runners into scoring position, then Connor Pate delivered a double of his own to tie the game at 4-4. The winning run would get as far as third, but the hard-throwing Stone got back-to-back outs to force extras.

Hicks managed a one-out single in the top of the eighth, but Haley got Jennette to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to turn it over to the bottom of the eighth, and the Red Hawks came up big. Aaron Daniel led off as a pinch hitter, and reached on an error. Plaster walked, and Lynn, Jr. reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no one out in the home half of the eighth. Lecomte flied out to short, but on a 1-0 pitch Dickens laid down a bunt towards first on the suicide squeeze, and Daniel scooted home to win the game before Stone could even barehand the ball.

The wild game saw a combined 11 errors and 18 men left on base–11 by the Red Hawks. Camden rapped 12 hits against Creek Wood pitching, and Maiden led the way going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. The Red Hawks managed just 8 hits, but Dickens went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Pate went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI and a walk. Plaster and Haley also delivered with runs batted in for CWHS.

Holley went 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 runs but only one of them earned, striking out 3 and walking none. Haley picked up the win for the Red Hawks with 3 innings of relief, giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits, walking 2 but fanning 5. Hensley allowed 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned, in 5 innings for Camden, striking out 6 but walking 4. Stone took the loss in relief, going 2 and 1/3 allowing 3 runs but only 1 earned, scattering 5 hits and a walk but striking out just 1.

In other action, Dickson County softball torched Independence 16-1 in Thompson’s Station, while Waverly upended the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks 10-2. Dickson County baseball’s game at home against Brentwood was suspended in the bottom of the fourth due to lightning, with the Bruins leading 8-1. The game will be resumed Wednesday at 5pm at Brentwood, then game three of the three game series will follow with no JV game to be played.

Puttin’ On the Hitz! Lady Red Hawks Drub Harpeth

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks got off the bus for their 5:00pm varsity game in Kingston Springs, and learned that Harpeth wanted to play the junior varsity game at 5:00 and the varsity game at 6:00. When the varsity team took the field and the game started at 6:15, the Lady Red Hawks made up for lost time, taking a 4-0 lead before Libby Baldwin ever through a pitch. The red-hot bats carried the day, and Creek Wood run-ruled the Lady Indians 21-0 in four innings.

Tara Rahman hit a one-out single in the first, then Analeigh Coursey reached on an error. Brett Jackson reached on another error, but drove in Rahman for what would be the winning run. A Montana Thomas RBI double and a Sam Morgan sacrifice fly made it 3-0, and Baldwin singled home Thomas for a 4-0 lead.

A two-out walk in the bottom of the first broke up the perfect game, but Baldwin pitched around it. Consecutive singles by Braressa Deloach, Beckey Melton, and Rahman to lead off the top of the second loaded the bases, and Coursey reached on an error to drive in Deloach and make it 5-0 with no outs in the second. Jackson stepped up cleared two fences with a towering grand slam into someone’s front yard to make it 9-0, and after a Baldwin sac fly and a Melton RBI single, Creek Wood led 11-0. Baldwin sat Harpeth down in order in the bottom half, but Samantha Neely worked a clean top of the third against the Lady Red Hawks.

Baldwin worked another perfect inning in the bottom of the third, and the clubs went back to work in the top of the fourth. A Bailey Griffith 2-RBI double and a Melton RBI single made it 14-0, and with the bases loaded and one out, Jackson and Montana Thomas had back to back RBI singles before Morgan bombed another grand slam to make it 20-0. After allowing a single to Baldwin, Neely was lifted for the shortstop Dani Wix, who gave up a single, then let a run come home on an RBI groundout by Deloach to cap the scoring at 21-0.

Baldwin got the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, and CWHS capped the run-rule 21-0 win. Baldwin retired 10 in a row to record the complete game no-hit shutout, and faced just one over the minimum–Dallas Weatherly, who walked in the first. Baldwin needed 48 pitches to get the 4-inning complete game shutout, and struck out 4. Neely allowed all 21 runs but only 15 were earned, as she allowed 20 hits, walked one, struck out none, and allowed 2 grand slam homers in 3 and a third innings. Wix allowed 2 hits and a walk, but allowed no runs while striking out no batters in getting 2 outs.

Only one Creek Wood batter was held without a hit–Coursey, who was 0-for-4 but walked, scored 3 times, and had an RBI without a hit. Rahman was 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored but no RBI; Jackson went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI while Morgan also had 5 RBI on a 3-for-3 day, scoring twice. Baldwin was also 3-for-3 with 2 RBI and Kendall Street scored twice running for her, while 3 other batters went 3-for-4 at the plate.

In the only other local game on Wednesday night, Dickson County baseball won its first district game of the year, a 10-4 win over Franklin in the finale of a three game set. Dickson County softball will host Ravenwood Thursday night at 5:00pm for the Lady Cougar Game of the Week on the radio, weather permitting.

Red Hawks Upend GCA

The Creek Wood Red Hawks got a big win over Grace Christian Academy 8-3 on Saturday in the Good Day to Play Tournament. The Lions, a team from an up and coming school, came in with a lot of promise and their assistant coach is former Tennessee Titan Rusty Smith. However, Coach Chris Clapper and the Red Hawks made quick work of the visitors in the first game of the day in Charlotte.

Creek Wood started off quickly, as Garrett Dolinich retired the side in order in the top of the first, and the Red Hawks plated 5 in the bottom half. Brenden Dickens singled home Zeke Lecomte in the second to make it 6-0, and Grace Christian finally broke through for a run in the top of the fourth. Clay Bullock was hit by a Dolinich pitch, and scored two batters later as Kolby Alonzo reached on an error making it 6-1.

Creek Wood got the run back in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-1. Dickens singled off Brent Perry, then Levi Plaster reached on an error and Connor Pate singled to load the bases. Dylan DePriest reached on a fielder’s choice to score Dickens. Joe Lynn, Jr. singled home Chase Haley in the fifth to make it 8-1 and cap the scoring for the home side. The Lions were not done, however, as a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and a single loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Kitch Cash reached on an error that scored Austin Kasick, and two batters later Mitch Cash reached on an error that scored Alonzo and made it 8-3. Creek Wood slammed the door after that, as Luke Street let a ball get by, but tossed to Dolinich to gun down a runner at the plate and get out of the frame.

After Creek Wood went in order in the bottom of the sixth, Lecomte came in to work the seventh. After hitting the leadoff batter Baylor Jones, Lecomte gave up a single to Bullock, but on the play Jones was gunned down for the first out. Kasick reached on an error, but Lecomte got the next two batters in order to escape with an 8-3 lead.

Dolinich went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 9, while Lecomte allowed just 1 hit in a scoreless inning of relief. Perry allowed all 8 runs over 5 innings for GCA, walking 5 and striking out none, while Nick Whitson worked a scoreless sixth, getting the only strikeout of the day for the Lions pitching staff. No one for Grace Christian had an RBI, and no batter had more than one hit. Dickens won the day for Creek Wood offensively, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, while DePriest went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI as well. Lynn, Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI as well.

In other weekend action, Dickson County baseball lost 12-9 on Friday to Grace Christian, then dropped a pair of games on Saturday 5-2 to Dyersburg and 17-13 to Northeast. The Lady Cougars beat Stewart County 12-1 on Friday in the South Fulton Tournament, and beat the host team 14-4. The Lady Red Hawks had the weekend off.

CW Softball Scores 6 Unanswered to Rally Past Fairview

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks were clicking on all cylinders Thursday night, hosting district rival Fairview. Libby Baldwin had a perfect game through 3 innings, and had been staked to a 6-0 lead heading to the top of the fourth.

Fairview’s leadoff hitter and starting pitcher Marti Ann Spicer led off the inning by crushing a pitch to the fence, seemingly slamming a solo homer but instead getting a ground-rule double that ended the perfect game. Two batters later she would be singled home to break up the tie, and by the middle of the fourth the Lady Jackets had trimmed the lead to 6-5.

Spicer stranded 2 runners in the bottom of the fourth, and the Lady Jackets tied the game 6-6 as Makayla Greathouse singled home Heather Simmons with 2 out in the top of the fifth. Brett Jackson gave the Lady Red Hawks the lead back, driving in what would eventually be the winning run by drawing a bases-loaded walk with two out in the bottom of the fifth. Megan Tomlinson, playing for Braressa DeLoach who exited earlier after getting hit by a pitch in the knee, scored on the play to make it 7-6 Creek Wood.

Baldwin sat the Lady Jackets down in order in the top of the sixth, and her teammates responded in the bottom half. Sam Morgan hit a first pitch solo homer off the batting cages in right to make it 8-6, Tara Rahman drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk to make it 9-6, and Creek Wood capped the scoring as Annaleigh Coursey drove in a run and Jackson drove in 2 with back-to-back singles to make it 12-6. Baldwin came back for the seventh, working around a walk and an error to get the last three outs and secure an impressive come-from-behind win.

Baldwin allowed 9 hits and 6 earned runs, fanning 8 and walking just 1 batter. Spicer only went 6 innings, allowing 15 hits and 12 runs (11 earned), walking 6 and striking out just 2. Spicer needed 139 pitches to go the distance for Fairview. Allie Mazaell went 1-for-3 for the Lady Jackets, but had 3 of their 5 RBI, while Greathouse and Jesse Mangrum both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Beckey Melton and Jackson led the way for Creek Wood offensively. Melton went 2-for-2 with 2 walks, 3 RBI, and accounted for 2 runs scored; while Jackson had 3 RBI on a 2-for-4 day with one walk and a run scored. A total of 5 Lady Red Hawks had 1 or more RBI, while 8 Lady Red Hawks had 1 or more hits–led by Coursey, who went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI.

In other area action, the Dickson County Lady Cougars blanked Summit 11-0 on Thursday night. Dickson County and Creek Wood baseball hosted the first day of the Good Day to Play Tournament, and the Cougars picked up a big win 5-2 over Waverly. The Red Hawks took a tough loss to Northeast 14-6, but edged East Robertson 9-8.

Dickson County Rallies Past CW on Friday

The Dickson County/Creek Wood baseball rivalry battle on Friday night started out like the showdowns of the past, as Ben Powlas singled, stole second, and was doubled home by Jack Sensing to give Dickson County a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, before Chase Haley led off the bottom half with a single, got to third on a 2-base error, and scored on a Zeke Lecomte double that tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. However, the back and forth battle would not come to fruition, as the 1-1 tie held up until the bottom of the fifth.

The homestanding Red Hawks finally touched up sterling starter Korbin Hinson again, when Haley reached on an error and Levi Plaster was hit by a pitch. Lecomte doubled them home to break the game open 3-1, seemingly ensuring a Creek Wood win with just 6 outs left for the Cougars to rally. Instead, Dickson County led off the top of the sixth with three straight hits including a Powlas double to drive in Colton Thompson, then a walk to Sensing would load the bases for Hunter Crosby.

Luck would be on the Cougars’ side, as Crosby reached on an error that scored Collin Brown to tie the game, then Austin True delivered what would be the winning RBI on a fielder’s choice that scored Powlas. A Walker Purvine single would load the bases again, and end a gutty performance for pitcher Dylan DePriest. Ryan Holley would come on in relief, but a Hunter Watson bunt single would score Sensing to make it 5-3. A Luke Russell sac fly would score True and a fielding error would let Thompson reach and score Purvine to make it 7-3 before Holley could get out of the inning.

An error and a single leading off the bottom of the sixth would put runners at the corners, but Hinson would not be denied. A fielder’s choice to Ben Powlas at first would cut down pinch hitter Kendall Lyles at the plate, then another FC to Thompson at short would take care of Luke Street at second. Hinson reared back and got a strike-out to escape the sixth, and after Devon Higgins allowed only a walk in the top of the seventh, Hinson did the same to gut out a complete game win.

Hinson scattered 6 hits and allowed 3 runs over 7 complete innings. However, only 1 run was earned, and he threw 126 pitches while striking out 13 and walking just 2. With runners at the corners and nobody out in the sixth and the tying run on deck, he got 5 straight outs before allowing a walk in the seventh, and ended the game with a routine ground-out. Creek Wood needed 3 pitchers to get through the day–DePriest, who allowed 8 hits, all 7 runs, 6 earned runs, and only 1 walk in 5 1/3 innings, striking out 4; Holley, who allowed just a hit in 2/3 of an inning; and Higgins, who allowed a walk in a scoreless 7th.

Lecomte was the offensive hero for Creek Wood, going 2-for-4 with all 3 of the Red Hawks’ RBIs. Jon Lynn was the only other Red Hawk with 2 hits, going 2-for-3, while Haley went 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored and Plaster went 0-for-3 but scored a run. Conversely, Dickson County’s 6 RBI would come from 6 different players: Powlas, Sensing, Crosby, True, Watson, and Russell. Only Powlas (2-for-4 with 2 runs scored) and Sensing (2-for-2 with 1 run scored) would have more than one hit for DCHS.

In other action on Friday night, Dickson County beat Jackson South Side 9-1 and drubbed Camden Central 11-0. Creek Wood softball beat Sycamore 10-0 and South Gibson 4-3 in the Waverly Diamond Classic, and Creek Wood soccer lost 3-0 to Grace Christian of Franklin.

On Saturday, Dickson County softball lost 3-2 to the 25-1 Henry County Lady Patriots in the Diamond Classic, but shut out Munford 5-0. The Lady Cougars also beat Summit 7-0 and Fairview 8-1. Henry County also beat the Lady Red Hawks 3-0, and the Creek Wood softball team took a tough 3-1 loss to Jackson South Side. Creek Wood baseball answered back against the Cougars in the Play 4 Peyton game Saturday afternoon, salvaging a series split with an 8-3 win at Dickson County.

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.

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.