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CW Season Ends In Shutout at Cascade

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.

CW Beats Stewart County, But Falls At Waverly in District Title Game

It was a long week of elimination softball, but the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks punched their ticket to the Region Tournament by holding off Stewart County 3-1 on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Lady Red Hawks, they will travel for their Region game, as they could not hold off a Waverly rally and dropped a 2-1 decision on Saturday in the District 11-AA Championship game.

Bailey Griffith was sensational on the slab for Creek Wood on both days. She held the host Lady Rebels hitless through 4 innings, and her offense propped her up. Sam Morgan walked leading off the top of the second, and after a hit and another walk from Hayley Shepherd loaded the bases, Beckey Melton drew a walk to drive in Shannon White running for Morgan to make it 1-0. The Lady Red Hawks would add 2 more in the fourth, as Griffith helped her own cause with a lead-off single. An Annalee Coursey walk and a Braressa Deloach single would load the bases, and Melton would hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Griffith’s runner Ashlee Shockley to make it 2-0, with everyone safe on the play. Two batters later, Montana Thomas would ground out to second, scoring Coursey to make it 3-0.

Kaci Rowlett led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, then Saunders would double her home to make it 3-1. Stewart County was holding out hope for a comeback, as they had rallied for wins over Creek Wood twice this season when trailing 7-0 and 2-0, but it was not to be on Friday night. The tying run came to the plate three times in the fifth, but Griffith got the out, and the go-ahead run came up with 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the sixth but popped out to end the inning. Griffith retired the Lady Rebels in order in the seventh, and Creek Wood held on for a 3-1 win that guaranteed them a spot in the Region regardless of what happened in the District Tournament Game the next day.

Griffith struck out 5 and walked 3, scattering 3 hits over 7 innings, allowing just the 1 run. Shepherd struck out 8 over 7 innings of play, walking 4 but allowing 7 hits. Melton went 0-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI, Thomas 1-for-4 with an RBI, Morgan 2-for-3 with a walk, and Deloach 2-for-2 with a walk.

Saturday, the temperature was low and the wind was blowing in–perfect weather for a pitchers’ duel. Griffith threw a complete-game 2-hitter, but a sixth inning rally plus a 4-hit performance by the Waverly pitcher Alley Brown proved too much for Creek Wood to overcome.

Both sides went in order until Jordan Wertz doubled with two outs in the bottom of the second. Deloach answered back with two down in the top of the third, and Brown led off the bottom half and reached on an error. Thomas hit a one-out single in the top of the fourth, and after a Brett Jackson sacrifice, Morgan singled Thomas in for a 1-0 lead.

Griffith allowed a walk in the fourth and retired the side in the fifth, but Brown sat down the Lady Red Hawks in order in the fifth and worked around a leadoff single by Melton in the sixth. With just six outs to play with, the Tigerettes found a way to strike back. Sarah Smith drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth, then Emily Hooper laid down a bunt and and reached on an error. Taylor Travis doubled to left to clear the bases and give Waverly Central the lead 2-1. A sacrifice got Travis to third, but another sacrifice bunt around the plate did not get her home. Wertz reached on a fielder’s choice to third that didn’t get Travis home, but also didn’t result in the third out. However, Griffith dug down and got a strikeout to leave 2 aboard, and keep it a 1 run game.

Griffith reached on an error with 2 down in the top of the 7th, but Brown got a strikeout to end the game, and give the Tigerettes the District Tournament Championship. Had the Lady Red Hawks come back for the win, they would have forced a winner take all game two for the title.

Travis and Wertz each went 1-for-3 for the only hits of the day off Griffith, and Travis had both RBIs. Morgan, Melton, and Thomas went 1-for-3 and Deloach 1-for-2, while Morgan had the only RBI driving in Thomas. Brown needed just 77 pitches to get through 7 complete innings, allowing an earned run on 4 hits, walking none and fanning 6. Griffith did one better, going 6 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5 in the loss. After the game, Melton, Jackson, and Thomas were named to the All-District Team.

With the loss, Creek Wood travels to Cascade on Monday to open the Region Tournament. With a win, the Lady Red Hawks would play in the Region Championship game and be guaranteed a spot in the Sectionals as well. The 6:30 game will air live on the RFC Sports Network.

Lady Red Hawks Hold Off Camden to Advance

The only time the Camden Central Lady Lions battled the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks in softball this season, Creek Wood took the win 6-5 in a slugfest. With the season on the line Wednesday evening, the rematch was no different, but Libby Baldwin and Bailey Griffith combined to hold off the visiting Lady Lions, and Creek Wood survived a 6-4 shootout to advance in the District 11-AA Tournament.

Neither side had a clean defensive inning until the top of the seventh, but Creek Wood struck first with two out in the bottom of the second. Baldwin singled off Hannah Sampson, and Ashlee Shockley came on to run for the pitcher. She would get to second on a passed ball, to third on a Griffith single to center field, and come home on a throwing error by the center fielder to make it 1-0. The first two batters of the top of the third would single off Baldwin, but after a sacrifice by Brittany Minor, Baldwin got Sarah List to pop out to the pitcher’s spot for out number two. Unfortunately, Hannah Herndon singled to left to score Paige Hampton and tie the game at 1-1.

Beckey Melton drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the third, and Summer Jackson would run for the Creek Wood catcher. Montana Thomas would plate her with an RBI single, then Brett Jackson would drive in Thomas with an RBI single to make it 3-1 Creek Wood.

A double, a single, and a one-out walk to start the top of the fourth would prompt a pitching change for the Lady Red Hawks, and Griffith would take the ball. Sarah Florence would take the second pitch she saw to left for a bases-clearing double, giving the Lady Lions a 4-3 lead, but a flyout and a strikeout would slam the door for Camden in the fourth. Creek Wood took the lead back in the bottom half, as the last of three straight one-out singles would see Braressa Deloach drive in Shockley (running for Griffith) to tie the game at 4-4. Two batters later, a two-out single from Tara Rahman would plate Annaleigh Coursey for what would be the winning run.

Camden had runners at first and third with two out in the top of the fifth, but Griffith struck out Sampson to escape trouble up 5-4, but Sampson retired three in a row after Brett Jackson led off with a walk in the bottom half. Hampton led off the sixth with a walk, and Florence doubled to put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but the Lady Red Hawk defense worked some magic. Griffith got Minor to fly out to left-center, and Deloach caught the ball and threw a strike home. Melton caught the ball in front of the plate, then tagged Hampton on the shoulder as she tried to tie the game on the sac fly. Hampton’s leg caught trying to slide home which slowed her down, and the 8-2 outfield assist gunned down the runner at home for the second out. After a walk to List, Griffith struck out Herndon to leave the go-ahead run aboard, and the Lady Red Hawks looked for an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Coursey led off with a single and Deloach walked, but after Melton moved them into scoring position with a groundout to the pitcher, Rahman popped up to Sampson trying to drive them in. Four pitches later, Thomas singled to short, driving in Coursey to make it 6-4, but Sampson got Brett Jackson to pop out and send it to the seventh.

The only 1-2-3 inning for either side was the top of the seventh, as Griffith got a strikeout, a foul popup caught by the catcher Melton, and a ground out to short to end the game and extend the season.

Sampson went the distance in a loss, needing 111 pitches to get through 6 innings. She allowed 9 hits and 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Baldwin started for the Lady Red Hawks, allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, walking 1 and striking 1 out. Griffith closed it out, going 3 2/3 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball, walking 2 but fanning 4.

Camden’s Florence went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Herndon went 3-for-4 with the only other Lady Lion RBI. Thomas carried the banner for Creek Wood with 2 RBI on a 2-for-4 day, scoring once herself. Brett Jackson (1-for-3 with a walk), Rahman (1-for-3), and Deloach (1-for-2 with a walk) had an RBI each; Coursey went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, while Griffith also went 2-for-3 on the day.

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks are set to travel to Dover for a showdown against Stewart County Thursday afternoon at 5pm, weather permitting. The winner of that elimination game will face Waverly for the District Title, and will be guaranteed a Region Tournament game as well.

Dickson County is set to play on in the District 11-AAA Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon as well; that game is scheduled to be the RFC Sports Network DCHS Game-of-the-Week, weather permitting.

CW Softball Run-Rules Lewis Co in District Tourney

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks run-ruled the Lewis County Lady Panthers for Senior Night on May 5th 11-1 in 6 innings. Five nights later, it was a rematch in the losers’ bracket of the District 11-AA Tournament, with the season on the line.

The result was ultimately the same, as a 2-run homer from Brett Jackson in the bottom of the fifth became a walk-off, triggering the mercy rule in a 12-1 blowout win for coach Nancy Jackson and the Lady Red Hawks.

Bailey Griffith handled the pitching for Creek Wood, but had to overcome a shaky start. She retired the first batter on a lineout, but allowed a single to Jacie Duncan. A sacrifice got her to second with two outs, but an Alysa Jude single put runners at the corners, and a Lexie Carroll single drove in Duncan to make it 1-0 Lewis County. Griffith struck out the next batter to escape the top of the first, but she would need some help in the bottom half.

Tara Rahman would supply that help, reaching on a one-out single. Two batters later, Jackson would manage a two-out single off Kayla Saylor, then Sam Morgan would drive in Rahman with a base knock to tie the game at 1-1.

Griffith would pitch around a single in the top of the second, and the Lady Red Hawks would take the lead in the bottom half. After Griffith flew out leading off, Saylor would allow 5 straight singles, including Rahman driving in Annaleigh Coursey to make it 2-1, then Montana Thomas driving in Braressa DeLoach and Summer Jackson (running for the catcher Beckey Melton) to make it 4-1.

Griffith worked around an error and a walk to strand two in the third, and her offense again propped her up in the bottom half of the inning. Another string of 5 straight batters reached with 1 out in the bottom of the third, and Saylor was again lifted for Kendall Tharp in a 7-1 game. Tharp would get Rahman to line out for the second out of the inning, but would give up a 2-RBI single to Thomas followed by an RBI single to Brett Jackson to make it 10-1 before finally escaping the third. Tharp would leave them loaded in the bottom of the fourth as well, but her luck would run out in the fifth.

Griffith retired 5 straight batters before giving up a single to Duncan, but would ultimately get 7 of the last 8 batters she faced in the game. That would set up Creek Wood in the bottom of the fifth, needing one more run to go home early. Thomas drew a leadoff walk from Tharp, then Brett Jackson parked the fifth pitch she saw over the City of Charlotte sign in left-center field to clear the bases, and clear a path for the Lady Red Hawks to advance to the next round.

Griffith needed just 75 pitches to go the distance, allowing 5 hits and an earned run in 5 complete innings, walking 1 but striking out 6. Saylor got the start for Lewis County, working 2 1/3 but allowing 12 hits, 9 runs, 6 earned runs, but no walks, while striking out 2. Tharp struck out 3 in 1 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 3 earned runs, walking 1, striking out 3, and allowing the big fly to end it.

Duncan had a 2-for-3 day offensively for the Lady Panthers, scoring the only run of the day, while Carroll drove her in going 1-for-1 with a walk. Brett Jackson carried the load for Creek Wood, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and 3 RBI; Thomas finished with 4 RBI on a 2-for-3 night, scoring twice and walking once. Melton went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, on a night where 7 of the 9 Lady Red Hawk batters had 2 or more hits each.

Creek Wood will face Camden on Wednesday night at 5pm in Charlotte. The Lady Lions eliminated Fairview 7-1 on Tuesday. The RFC Sports network will have the call with coverage starting at 5:45, and the Jack Randle Classic Country Show immediately following that game. Dickson County softball knocked off Brentwood 1-0 on Tuesday night; the Lady Cougars will get Wednesday off, and will return to action on Thursday night.

CW Tops Fairview, But Lewis Co Rally Dooms Red Hawks

After a 3-1 loss Friday night to tournament host Lewis County, the Red Hawks entered action Monday afternoon knowing every game was an elimination game going forward. Creek Wood made it a season sweep over Fairview in the opener, dropping the Yellowjackets 4-0 to end their season. However, a 3-0 lead over Lewis County would not hold up, as the Panthers used a 6 run inning to eliminate the Red Hawks 6-3 on Monday night in Hohenwald.

Garrett Dolinich got the start in game 1, and worked a gem. After getting the Jackets in order in the top of the first, Joe Lynn, Jr. was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on a Zeke Lecomte single. Lecomte would steal second and get third on an error, before scoring on a Brendan Dickens single to make it 2-0. A Levi Plaster groundout would put Dickens into scoring position, and he would come home as Steven Veach reached on an error to make it 3-0.

Creek Wood added an insurance run in the bottom of the second as Luke Street walked, and his courtesy runner Phillip Creacy would advance two bases on an error before scoring on a fielder’s choice off Aaron Daniel’s bat that made it 4-0. Dolinich did his part on the hill, stranding 2 Fairview runners in the top of the second, leaving two in scoring position in the third, and getting a big strikeout to leave the bases loaded in the fourth.

Dolinich needed 102 pitches to go seven full innings, scattering 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 9 in the complete game shutout. Ben Buttrey lasted just 2 innings, throwing 50 pitches while allowing 4 runs but only 1 earned run, walking 1, striking out none, and scattering just 2 hits. Dillon Collier worked 4 shutout innings for Fairview in relief, walking 4, fanning 1, and allowing no hits.

Stephen Bledsoe led the way for the Jackets, going 2-for-3 with a walk. He and Harry Sanborn, who went 0-for-1 but walked twice, were the only Fairview players to reach base twice on the night. Lecomte and Dickens each went 1-for-2 in the opener, walking once, scoring once, and delivering an RBI. The duo provided the only hits in game one for the Red Hawks, and along with Daniel delivered the RBIs as well.

After about half an hour to reset the field, the Red Hawks faced off against host Lewis County again, in the championship game of the Southern Division of the District 11-AA Tournament. As Creek Wood was playing its way out of the losers’ bracket, the road team would have to knock off the Panthers Monday night to set up a winner-take-all game on Tuesday to send one team on to the Regions after a District Championship Game against the Northern Division Champs. Creek Wood jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and made it 3-0 in the third, but a big fourth helped Lewis County put away Creek Wood again and end the season for CWHS.

Chase Haley led off the game with a single against Stone Selby, and took second on a passed ball. Two batters later, Haley stole third before Lecomte walked to put runners on the corners with one down, and Dickens drove both in with a 2-RBI double to make it 2-0. Dylan DePriest drew the start for the Red Hawks on the mound, and allowed base runners in all 4 innings he was a part of. After allowing a couple of 2-out singles in the top of the first, DePriest got a strikeout to get out of a jam, then coaxed a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Trey Holbrook to get out of the second after a single by Will Owen.

Creek Wood led off the top of the third with back to back singles by Lecomte and Dickens, and after Selby walked Plaster to load the bases with one out, a Luke Hinson sac fly scored Lecomte to make it 3-0, but Selby would get a strikeout to retire the side. The Red Hawks missed some golden opportunities, and that would show in the bottom of the fourth.

A double and a bunt single set the table for Holbrook, who bunted a hard-to-field ball that Street was unable to find a force-play with, so Dakota Crowell scored to make it 3-1. The very next batter, Cade Brewer, would tie the game 3-3 with a 2-RBI double to left; at that point, DePriest’s night was done. Haley came on to pitch, and Mason True reached on an error that plated Brewer for what would prove to be the winning run. Mikey Ortiz drew a walk, then Selby was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out. Haley composed himself, however, and Ethan Brewer hit into a fielder’s choice to short as Lynn, Jr., fielded the ball at short and came home to retire True at the plate for the first out. Haley then fanned Dresden Barnes for the second out, but the Panthers were not done. Crowell singled to left, scoring Ortiz as well as A. Brewer, who was running for Selby. Haley retired the side with a strikeout, but the damage was done–Creek Wood trailed 6-3 heading into the fifth.

Crowell came on to pitch some long-relief for Lewis County, and had some solid success. He stranded 2 Red Hawks in the fifth and one more in the sixth before getting a 1-2-3 frame to retire the side and end the year for Creek Wood.

Dickens was the only Red Hawk with more than one hit against Lewis County, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Hinson had the only other Creek Wood RBI despite going 0-for-2. Dickens was one of 6 players for the Red Hawks with at least one hit, but Lecomte also had a solid day–1-for-2 with a walk and 2 runs scored. On the other side, four players had 2-hit nights for Lewis County, led by Crowell who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Selby started for the Panthers, scattering 5 hits and 3 runs, all earned, walking 4 and striking out 3 in 4 innings of work. Crowell worked 3 complete, throwing out a 3-hit, 0-score effort, fanning 2. DePriest got the start for Creek Wood and got roughed up a little; he allowed 4 runs all earned, scattering 9 hits and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings. Haley also worked 3 complete, allowing just 1 hit and a pair of unearned runs, striking out 6 against just one walk.

The Creek Wood softball side lost 3-2 at Stewart County on Monday evening. They will play host to Lewis County Tuesday night at 5pm, in an elimination game of their own. We’ll have the call on WDKN 1260 AM and 101.5 The One FM.

Lewis County Holds Off CW Baseball on Friday

The Creek Wood Red Hawks battled tournament host Lewis County in a District 11-AA Southern Division Tournament Winner’s Bracket showdown on Friday night in Hohenwald, and the game was shaping up as an instant classic. Ryan Holley had a 3-hit shutout going into the sixth, but Daven Odom held the Red Hawks hitless through six innings.

Then the Panthers scored 3 in the bottom of the sixth, and held on for a 3-1 win that sent the Red Hawks to the losers’ bracket. Ethan Brewer led off in the home half of the sixth, and sent the third pitch he saw over the wall in left for a solo homer, then Dakota Crowell singled. After a pinch-hitter singled, Will Owen sacrificed, but no one was covering first, so he reached to load the bases. Catcher Trey Holbrook laid down a sacrifice bunt and beat it out, as Creek Wood couldn’t cut down Crowell at the plate and it was 2-0. Holley worked a pop-out, but was then lifted for center fielder Chase Haley, who got Mason True to bunt into a fielder’s choice as catcher Luke Street fielded it and got the force at home. However, B. Barnes came on as another pinch-hitter and singled to score Owen and make it 3-0. During the next at-bat, Holbrook was caught trying to steal home, but as the inning flipped to the top of the seventh, all of a sudden the Red Hawks needed 3 runs in 3 outs or the game was over.

Steven Veach drew a leadoff walk pinch-hitting for Kendall Lyles, which chased Odom from the game for Crowell. The reserve got a strikeout, then walked Street before Luke Hinson grounded out to second. Kendall Lyles was running for Veach and scored on the groundout, but other than a Haley walk the Red Hawks would get no closer. Crowell got a strikeout to end the game with the tying run aboard, and the Red Hawks fell to the losers’ bracket.

Haley drew 3 walks, but he was the only Red Hawk to walk more than once in a no-hit affair. Odom needed 107 pitches to work into the seventh and was charged with the one earned run on 7 walks, striking out 9. Crowell worked a scoreless inning for the save, walking 2 but striking out 2 as well. Holley allowed 3 runs, but only 2 earned, through 5 and 1/3 innings, striking out 2, walking 1, and allowing 6 hits. Haley worked 2/3 of an inning, allowing a hit and nothing else. True went 3-for-4 on the day for the Panthers, but the RBIs were scattered across the lineup as Brewer, Holbrook, and Barnes all delivered for the home side.

Creek Wood now plays against Fairview, which staved off elimination with a 5-4 losers’ bracket win over Camden on Friday afternoon. The winner of the 4:30 contest on Monday will play Lewis County that night at 7:00pm. If the Panthers win, they take home the Southern Division Championship, but if they lose, it’s a winner-take-all elimination game Tuesday night at 5pm for the championship.

In other Creek Wood action, the Lady Red Hawks got a 10-5 win over Montgomery Central on Friday night in softball District Tournament action. The Lady Red Hawks travel to Stewart County for a 5pm Monday tilt against the Lady Rebels. Win or lose, they will play on in the tournament Tuesday night at 5pm, with an opponent to be determined.

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.