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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.

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.

DC, CW Softball Run-Rule Foes for Region Crowns

Creek Wood and Dickson County battled familiar foes in their respective Region Championship Games on Wednesday night. Creek Wood hosted Camden and Dickson County hosted Ravenwood, the same teams they hosted in the District Championships. Predictably, the same results happened, as both local squads won in runaways, and will host Sectional games on Friday to determine who goes to the State Tournament next week.

Creek Wood blasted Camden 11-1 for the second straight time. Kayla Jackson and Brett Jackson both had RBI doubles in the first to make it 2-0, then Kayla doubled home DeeAnna Massey in the second before getting caught off the bag herself to end the inning 3-0. Sam Davenport nailed a 2-run homer in the third to make it 5-0, but Hannah Herndon came home on a fielder’s choice in the top of the fourth to end the shutout 5-1.

Davenport kept the scoring going for the Lady Red Hawks in the bottom of the fourth, doubling home Massey and Kayla Jackson to make it 7-1, then Kayla had a 2-RBI single to make it 9-1 in the fifth. Creek Wood triggered the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth, however, as Brett Jackson sent the second pitch she saw over the wall for a solo homer to lead off the frame, then Sloan Batey doubled, went to third on a Montana Thomas single, and scored the game-ending run when a throw got away at third.

Libby Baldwin needed just 98 pitches to get through 6 complete innings, scattering 8 hits and a walk but allowing just the 1 run on the day. Baldwin struck out 3 but stranded 10 Lady Lions on the day. Camden needed 2 pitchers to get through the contest–Sarah Hooten started the game and went 3 and 1/3, allowing 7 runs but only 6 earned on 11 hits while striking out 4, while Hannah Sampson worked 2 innings plus, allowing 7 hits, 4 runs, and a walk. Both pitchers allowed a home run as well.

Only Sarah Florence had more than one hit, as she went 2-for-3 on the day. Shelby Hicks had the only RBI, despite going 0-for-3. Creek Wood on the other hand had a prolific offensive performance, as 8 of the 9 Lady Red Hawk batters had at least 1 hit. Davenport led the way, going 4-for-4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Kayla Jackson went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and scored twice.

Dickson County also won comfortably in their contest, blasting Ravenwood 14-4. The Lady Cougars led 4-0 after the first, as Ashley Scott socked a 2-run homer over her own. Dickson County added a run in the second to force a pitching change, but Brooklin Lee crushed another 2-run bomb and the Lady Cougars carried a 7-0 lead into the third. The bats stayed hot for DCHS, as they also won by the mercy rule, ending it in 5 innings.

Greenbrier bested White House-Heritage 8-1 for the Region 5-AA title, while Wilson Central edged rival Mt. Juliet 2-0 to wrap up the Region 5-AAA title. That means that Dickson County will host the Mt. Juliet Lady Bears in a Sectional game Friday at 5:00, while Creek Wood battles the White House-Heritage Lady Patriots Friday at 5:30. The winners of those games on Friday advance to the State Tournament, which opens Tuesday at Starplex in Murfreesboro.

Creek Wood’s season ended last year with a loss to Greenbrier, the same team Heritage beat to get to the Sectional; the Lady Red Hawks drew the Lady Cats after Heritage’s rivals White House High upset Greenbrier 1-0 in the Region Championships, ending an 18-game win streak for the Lady Cats. Dickson County defeated Clarksville last season in the Sectional, a Lady Wildcat team that lost to Wilson Central in the Region Championship game to fall to DCHS. Dickson County’s season ended last year with a State Championship win.

And Then There Were Two

Monday night saw three area teams in the Region Tournament Semifinals. The Creek Wood baseball team fell just short in a season-ending 4-3 loss at CPA, but the Lady Red Hawks and Dickson County Lady Cougars will play on with a chance to go to the State Tournament.

Missed opportunities would be a major theme for Creek Wood in the loss. The Red Hawks loaded the bases in the first and second innings against David Bates, but got only one run to show for it when Kyle Heggie drew a bases loaded walk in the first to score Mathis Duncan. The two sides would play with fire until the Red Hawks finally got burned; CPA tied the game in the third with an RBI single as Philip Clarke scored Trey Bonds from third, then Jacob Gunter hit a 2-RBI single and Jacob Webster hit an RBI double to score Gunter and make it 4-1 Lions.

The Red Hawks got one runner aboard in the fourth and were retired in order in the fifth, but managed a rally in the top of the sixth. A single started the inning for Creek Wood, but after Bates earned a strike out he issued two free passes to load the bases and bring the go-ahead run to the plate; the gassed starter was pulled after 121 pitches, and Devin McKnight came into a tough situation. Duncan would single to score Nash Faught, then Paul Rahman reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Chase Hailey running for catcher Blake Bellamy and cut the lead to 4-3. McKnight got off the hook, but Creek Wood still had one more chance in the seventh.

Heggie doubled with one out in the seventh to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, then Faught walked to move the tying run into scoring position. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, neither was in the cards, as McKnight worked a strikeout looking and a groundout to end Creek Wood’s baseball season in the Region Semifinals.

Heggie earned MVP honors with 100 pitches and 6 complete innings of work, scattering 9 hits and 2 walks while allowing 4 runs–all unearned–and striking out 2. He also went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Duncan had the only multi-hit game of the day, going 2-for-2 with an RBI, 2 walks, and 1 run scored, and Rahman went 0-for-3 with a walk and the other RBI. Houston Nichols and Trey Bonds each went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Lions, while Clarke and Webster each had 1 RBI and Gunter added 2 RBI in the win. Bates went 5 and 1/3 and got the win, allowing 3 earned runs while scattering 5 hits, walking 7, and punching out 8. McKnight went 1 2/3, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 2.

CPA battles Cascade Wednesday for the Region 6-AA Championship, while MLK Magnet School battles Lipscomb Academy for the 5-AA crown. The runners up will travel to the Region Champions on Friday for a Sectional, with a spot at State on the line.

In other action Monday night, Brooklin Lee struck out 10 batters as the Lady Cougars destroyed Cane Ridge 15-0 in a run-rule shortened contest. District 11-AAA runners up made quick work of McGavock 11-0, setting up a rematch of the District Championship Game Wednesday night at 6:30 as Dickson County hosts the Lady Raptors. The winner hosts the loser of the Region 5-AAA Title Game in a Sectional matchup on Friday, while the loser travels for the Friday game with a shot at the State Tournament on the line. In 5-AAA, Wilson Central eliminated Clarksville 2-1 while Mt. Juliet shocked the world by ending Henry County’s season 11-0. The Lady Bears and Wilson Central will battle Wednesday for the right to host the Sectional and potentially avoid Dickson County in a win-or-go-home game on Friday night.

Also of note in Class AAA softball, upsets abounded. Coffee County rebounded from a crushing loss in the District 8-AAA Championship, losing a no-hitter win on a 2-run error by the catcher, by ending Riverdale’s season 1-0. The team that beat Coffee County, Tullahoma, trailed Siegel 9-2 before making a charge; the Lady Stars held off the Lady Wildcats 9-7. Bearden took out Gibbs, the top team in AAA according to CoachT rankings, 4-1, but the third-ranked Lady Owls of Ooltewah got past Cookeville 11-1.

Creek Wood drubbed Giles County 7-1 in softball action behind another strong pitching performance from Libby Baldwin. The Lady Red Hawks will host Camden Central on Wednesday night, the same team they blasted 11-1 on Friday night for a District Title. Camden beat Marshall County 6-1 on Monday night. Creek Wood and the Lady Lions will do battle Wednesday night at 5:30 on WDKN and The One FM, with the winner hosting the loser of the Region 5-AA Championship Game and the loser going on the road; White House-Heritage beat Hume Fogg while Greenbrier blanked MLK Magnet School 6-0 to set up a Heritage/Greenbrier battle for the Region 5-AA crown.

Lady Red Hawks Hammer Camden, Take District

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks clearly didn’t want to waste any time on Friday night. Backed by Libby Baldwin’s stellar pitching which allowed a lone run in the third, the offense scored 4 runs in the third, 5 in the fourth, and walked off with a mercy-rule-triggering homer in the bottom of the sixth to make an 11-1 statement over Camden in the District Championship.

Baldwin had scattered 3 hits before Sarah Florence singled in the top of the third to score Brittany Minor, giving Camden a 1-0 lead. Baldwin would then retire the next five batters she faced before hitting a batter, then retiring the next batter in the top of the fifth. Hannah Prince would manage a 2-out single, but Baldwin would get Florence to ground out to short to escape the fifth, then allowed a hit and a fielder’s choice in the sixth to keep the Lady Lions to one run on the day.

Creek Wood managed just a walk and a fielder’s choice in the first two innings against Hannah Sampson, but the magic started in the third. Consecutive 2-out singles by the top of the order in Kayla Jackson, Bailey Griffith, and Samantha Davenport made it 1-0 Lady Red Hawks as Jackson came around to score. Becky Melton then hit the first pitch she saw for a no-doubt 3-run bomb, and just like that it was 4-1 CWHS.

With 2 out in the fourth inning and a runner at first, DeeAnna Massey singled, then Jackson hit an RBI single to score Montana Thomas and make it 5-1. Griffith reached on an error that loaded the bases, then Davenport unloaded them with a 3-RBI double to make it 8-1. A Melton single scored Davenport, the Martin Methodist volleyball signee, and made it 9-1 Creek Wood before Sampson retired Brett Jackson to get out of the fourth.  Sampson would heat up after that, allowing a Braressa DeLoach single but getting the next two batters and escaping the fifth by picking off DeLoach from first.

The luck would run out in the sixth, however, as Camden sent Florence out to the slab. Massey singled to center on the third pitch she saw, then Kayla Jackson crushed the first pitch she saw over the wall in center, triggering the 10-run-lead-after-5-innings run rule and ending the game in a big way.

Kayla Jackson would end the day 3-of-4 with 3 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a home run, while Davenport went 2-of-3 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI on the day; the two would be named co-MVPs. Melton went 2-for-3 with 4 RBI, a homer, and a run scored, as an honorable mention in the blowout win. Massey was the only other player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 and scoring twice.

Prince went 2-for-3 against Baldwin and was the only Lady Lion with 2 hits on the day. Florence went 1-for-3 with the team’s only RBI, but had a rough outing as a relief pitcher–4 pitches thrown, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 home run, no outs recorded. Sampson allowed 10 hits, 9 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and 1 homer in 5 complete innings, striking out 2. Baldwin took the win for Creek Wood, going 6 complete scattering 6 hits and a walk but allowing just 1 earned run, striking out 1.

Creek Wood hosts Giles County Monday evening at 5, with the winner guaranteed a spot in Wednesday’s Region Championship Game and Friday’s Sectional for a place in the following week’s State Tournament. Dickson County softball hosts Cane Ridge to open Region Play Monday, while Creek Wood baseball travels to CPA for a game that will be heard on WDKN and 101.5 The One FM.

Dickson Wins Back-to- Back District Titles, Stays Unbeaten in 11-AAA

Dickson County further solidified their dominance of District 11-AAA Thursday by shutting out Ravenwood 7-0 to take their second straight District Championship. Brooklin Lee led the way for Dickson with a three hit shutout of the Lady Raptors. A runner reached third in the first and fourth innings but Ravenwood was never able to push anyone across. With Lee in command the offense took some time to warm up but came through in a big way in the third inning. Keely Buchanan led off the inning with a single. With the game scoreless, Coach Shane Buchanan had Keylee Bell sacrifice to move Buchanan over to second. Crafton punched a bloop single into right, scoring Buchanan, and was chased home moments later by a Makray Odom tripled into the right field corner. With Dickson already up 2-0, Payton Grove jumped on an 0-1 pitch and drove it over the left field fence for a two run home run making it 4-0 Lady Cougars. Dickson got two more runners on before Abby Irwin regained her composure and got back-to-back fly outs by Becca Estes and Allison Pendergrass to end the inning. Both teams coasted along with the Lady Cougars leading 4-0, until the bottom of the sixth inning. A one out ground ball that was bobbled at third allowed Bell to reach. Crafton followed with a ground out to third and with two outs in the inning it looked like Dickson would be content to head into the final frame up four. Another error at short put Odom on and extended the inning and Grove walked to load the bases for Ashley Scott. This time it was an error at second, one of five total by Ravenwood, that allowed Scott to reach and advance the runners. Bell scored on that error and then Lee helped her own cause with a two RBI single to right that scored Odom and Grove. After an Estes ground out, Lee went back to work looking for three outs to crown the Lady Cougars. She surrendered a one out single to Autumn Ogletree but closed with strikeouts number six and seven to end the game. Lee finished the complete game shutout with three hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. Lee also went three for four with three singles and two RBIs on the day.

Dickson County will play the loser of the 12-AAA Championship between McGavock and Cane Ridge Monday night.

Camden topped Stewart County 2-0 to advance on to face Creek Wood Friday night at 5pm at Creek Wood.

Creek Wood soccer finished district runners up after falling to Columbia Thursday night.

Indians Outlast CW for District Baseball Crown

Only four of the fourteen half-innings of Wednesday night’s District 11-AA Baseball Championship game were scoreless frames. Only one half inning saw one run cross the plate. And after Creek Wood rallied in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-run lead into the top of the seventh, Montgomery Central stormed back with an 8-run seventh and looked to shut down the home folks and escape. As improbable as it sounds, the Red Hawks brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but the Indians survived and held on for a 17-14 win.

Eventual All-Tournament player Will Duke drew the start for Creek Wood, but he struggled and was lifted after allowing 2 runs on a Bryce Devers single, and walking in a run with the bases loaded. Ryan Holley would come in and get a pop out, and the Red Hawks would step up in the bottom of the first. All-Tournament selection Tyler Hines would open the scoring by doubling home fellow All-Tournament player Mathis Duncan, then Paul Rahman would score on a Kyle Klotz groundout. Heggie would tie the game 3-3 with a sacrifice that scored Hines, but the Indians would stop the bleeding and go back on offense in the second in a tied game.

A double and a sac fly would put Montgomery Central up 5-3 in the second, but the Red Hawks answered back with 4 in the bottom half for a 7-5 lead. Both sides would spin zeroes in the third, and the Indians tied the game 7-7 in the fourth before denying the Red Hawks for a second inning in a row.

Pitching came at a premium, as All-Tournament selection Kyle Klotz didn’t last long, but Tournament MVP Kyle Heggie also was not himself in the slugfest. Heggie allowed a leadoff bunt single to Madison Murphy in the fifth, and a Clayton Walker sacrifice fly got Murphy home and gave Central the lead. An error with a runner in scoring position gave the Indians another run, and Montgomery Central took a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Nash Faught was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 9-8, but could get no closer in the frame.

Creek Wood’s defense shut out Montgomery Central in the top of the sixth, the second and final inning that the Tribe did not score on the day. The Red Hawks scratched back for 3 runs and an 11-9 lead by the end of the sixth with only one hit in a wacky inning. Klotz scored from third on a wild pitch to Zeke Lecomte, then Levi Plaster, running for Heggie after a single, took second on the wild pitch, third on an error as the catcher airmailed the throw into center, and scored on an error by the center fielder. Lecomte stole second during Brendan Dickens’ at bat, but Dickens struck out and took first on a dropped third strike that enabled Lecompte to score the insurance run and make it 11-9.

Needing just three outs to get the win and lock up a District Title, Creek Wood instead needed 3 pitchers to just get to the bottom half. Heggie, a returning Duke, and Hines combined and collectively gave up 8 runs in the top of the seventh, including 2 runs on bases-loaded walks and another on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. Down 17-11 going into the bottom of the seventh, Creek Wood needed lightning in a bottle, and nearly found it. Klotz doubled home Duncan and Rahman with only one man out, and Heggie scored Klotz by reaching on an error. Pinch hitter Tyler Lemonds later singled with two out to load the bases, and the batter Joe Lynn, Junior, but the Indians got a strikeout looking to take the upset win.

Both sides needed 5 pitchers to get through the brutal contest, combining for 374 total pitches. Creek Wood pitching allowed 17 runs, 12 earned, 13 hits, 14 walks, and 7 strikeouts; Montgomery Central combined to allow 14 runs, 11 earned, 12 hits, 8 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Klotz earned MVP honors, going 2-for-3 offensively with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored, walking twice as well. Heggie went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Hines went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, walking once. Faught went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Rahman went 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, on a day when the Red Hawk offense was very impressive. Ben Sleigh had 3 RBI on a 1-for-5 day for the Indians, while Walker went 4-for-4 with a walk, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored; Bill Hamilton  went 4-for-5 with 4 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI as well.

With the win, Montgomery Central hosts Cascade Monday to open Region play, while Creek Wood travels to CPA. Creek Wood softball plays for a championship Friday night at Creek Wood, but on Thursday night Dickson County battles Ravenwood at Crockett Park for the District 11-AAA Softball Tournament. Game 1 will be at 4:30, and if needed, the winner-take-all final game will be scheduled for 6:30.

Lady Red Hawks Run-Rule Stewart County

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks blasted Stewart County 10-0 in five quick innings Tuesday night, in the District 11-AA Tournament in Charlotte.

DeeAnna Massey got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with a 2-RBI double that cleared the bases on a fielding error by right fielder Emily Swift to make it 3-0 Creek Wood. The Lady Red Hawks added 5 more in the bottom of the third as Montana Thomas had an RBI single, Braressa DeLoach scored on a passed ball, Kayla Jackson had a 2-RBI single, and Bailey Griffith would hit an RBI single. Creek Wood added another run in the fourth off a Sloan Batey RBI single to make it 9-0, and Griffith singled home Kayla Jackson in the bottom of the fifth to trigger the mercy rule, letting Creek Wood walk off with a 10-0 win in five.

Libby Baldwin pitched a 2-hit shutout for the win. She allowed a quirky second-inning double to Hayleigh Shepherd that landed just fair in left, and allowed the next batter Swift to single putting runners at the corners. After that, Baldwin retired the next 10 batters in a row; she needed 61 pitches for the shortened complete game, and fanned just 1 by way of the strikeout. Stewart County needed 2 pitchers to get through the contest, as Shepherd was chased after 2 and 2/3 innings , allowing 9 hits and 8 runs, 5 earned. Shepherd walked one and struck out one, while Shayna McPherson went 1 and 1/3, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and no walks, striking out one.

Massey earned MVP honors for Creek Wood by sparking the scoring; she was one of 3 Lady Red Hawks with 2 RBI as she went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Kayla Jackson went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Griffith went 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Seven of the nine Lady Red Hawk batters had a hit on the day, and six of those had two or more hits against the Lady Rebels.

In other area softball action Tuesday night, Dickson County rallied back from down 4-2 to take a 7-4 win against Ravenwood. The Lady Cougars will play for the District Title on Friday night in Brentwood. Both Creek Wood and Dickson County softball have locked up their places in the Region tournament as well.