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.