The Creek Wood Red Hawks opened their Friday experience in the 2015 Good Day to Play tournament with a relatively businesslike 6-1 win over the Dyersburg Trojans on Friday night. The Red Hawks scored 2 runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings, and Creek Wood pitching had a 3-hitter working through 5 innings with just one Trojan advancing as far as third when Dyersburg scored in the 6th.
Creek Wood got on the board early off some odd circumstances. Stevan Armstrong walked the first 3 batters he faced, then Kyle Klotz sacrificed to score Mathis Duncan. Kyle Heggie hit into a fielder’s choice to third, and the Trojans gunned down Paul Rahman at the plate putting runners at first and third with two outs. Two pitches later, Tyler Hines scored from third on a passed ball, before Armstrong gathered himself and got out of the inning by striking out Zeke Lecomte. The Red Hawks led 2-0 after one inning, but somehow Armstrong was throwing a no-hitter.
While Heggie continued to work on the mound for Creek Wood and retired the first six batters he saw, Armstrong continued the strange no-hitter, putting two runners on for the Red Hawks by hitting them, but getting out of trouble again with a fielder’s choice, a pop out, and a ground out.
Austin Purvis would break up Heggie’s no-hitter by singling on the first pitch he saw in the top of the third, and the Trojans would get him to third before Heggie worked a pop-out to slam the door. The everyday first baseman for the Red Hawks worked just one over the minimum through three, and his offense was about to help him out again in the bottom half. Lucas Dial would come on to relieve Armstrong, and immediately give up the no hitter as Hines would single to right. Klotz would then reach on a fielder’s choice that got Hines, but Heggie would single to put runners at the corners and Lecomte would single to make it 3-0. Brendan Dickens tried to bunt, but the Trojan defense turned it into a fielder’s choice and gunned down Heggie at third, before Nash Faught doubled to left to score Lecompte from second and make it 4-0 anyway.
The Red Hawks made a switch heading into the fourth, sending in Faught to protect Heggie’s 27-pitch, 3-inning 1-hitter as the tournament would likely take its toll on the Creek Wood pitching staff over the weekend. Faught would allow a 2-out single and a walk in the frame, but otherwise escape unscathed. The wheels fell off for Dyersburg in the bottom of the fourth, however, as Duncan, Rahman, and Hines all reached on errors to open the frame; Duncan and Rahman scored before Klotz even reached the batter’s box, and though Dial got three straight outs the damage was done. Creek Wood led 6-0 heading to the top of the fifth, and Dyersburg had 9 outs left to rally when they’d managed just 2 hits and gotten only one runner past second base.
A single and a steal would put a Trojan in scoring position in the fifth, but Faught would let him get no further. Dyersburg would end the shutout in the sixth, however. Cade Coffman led off with a single, but Robert Worley would reach on a fielder’s choice that cut down the lead runner at second. Worley would take second on a passed ball, and get to third on a single, before Zack Mullins grounded out to score Worley and make it 6-1. Faught would ensure there was no 2-out lightning, however, as he got out of the 6th with a strikeout to end the threat.
A 2-out double by Kyle Klotz in the bottom of the 6th would be for naught, but Faught would need just 9 pitches to work 3 fly-outs to retire the side in the top of the 7th, and the Red Hawks would pick up a big win at home 6-1.
Heggie would earn player of the game honors for working 3 scoreless, 1-hit innings, striking out 1, but it was more for his efficiency than anything else. He retired the first 6 batters he saw, 4 of them on 1 pitch each, and needed just 27 pitches to get through 3 innings. He faced 1 over the minimum, threw first-pitch strikes to 7 of the 10 batters he faced, and threw just 8 pitches for balls his entire outing. Faught worked a steady 4 innings of relief, scattering 4 hits and allowing the 1 run, walking 1 but striking out 2. Armstrong took the loss, allowing 2 runs but only 1 earned in the 2-inning no-hitter, while walking 3 and striking out 1. Dial allowed 5 hits and 4 runs, 2 earned, striking out 1 in 4 innings of relief.
Only Jacob Austin had more than one hit for the Trojans, going 2-for-3, while Zach Mullins had the only RBI on the day, going 0-for-2 with a walk. Worley went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, scoring the only Dyersburg run in the process. No batter for Creek Wood had more than 1 of the Red Hawks’ 5 hits, either, but Klotz went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Lecomte did the same. Faught also went 1-for-3 for the only other Red Hawk RBI on the day.
In other Good Day to Play action locally, Dickson County beat Grace Christian 7-6 on Friday before socking Overton 11-0. Dyersburg recovered from the loss to Creek Wood by beating the Cougars 3-2 on Saturday, but then the Trojans lost 13-0 to Rossview. Northeast beat Dickson County 5-3 in the late game Saturday at Shelby Rye Field. Creek Wood made it a sweep of the GDTP tournament by edging Grace Christian 6-4 and Columbia Academy 9-8 on Saturday.
Creek Wood softball played in the Border Battle tournament and got a split on Friday. The Lady Red Hawks topped Stewarts Creek from Smyrna 6-2, then lost 6-5 to Tullahoma. On Saturday, the Lady Red Hawks lost 5-0 to Hendersonville and lost 7-5 to Athens, AL. The Lady Cougars were supposed to play Beech on Friday night, but the Lady Bucs had to drop that game to make up district play instead. They did manage to play a district game on Thursday, besting Franklin 10-0.