Creek Wood edges out Dickson County in a pitcher’s duel

Creek Wood’s Lennon Spicer throws a pitch on her way to a shutout.

By Casey Patrick

DICKSON, TN – Dickson County and Creek Wood are the only two public high schools in the county, but you probably already knew that. What you probably didn’t know, however, was the fact that on Monday April 22, the Lady Cougars of Dickson County and the Lady Red Hawks of Creek Wood played in only the sixth matchup of the two teams on a softball field. Creek Wood won 1-0 behind a brilliant pitching performance from Lennon Spicer.

The only score of the game came off an RBI triple as Madeline Kilpatrick brought in Layne Myatt for the winning run in the fourth inning. That was the only run that Dickson County’s Ashlan Sensing gave up. Kilpatrick sliced the ball just over the left fielder, who had come a few steps in trying to defend a slap-hit. Kilpatrick executed perfectly, getting the ball over her head and into the gap.

Dickson County had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh as Josie Russell got on base, as she had all game with two hits and walk, and made her way to third base. Russell was stranded on third as Lennon Spicer got the last out of the game, which, fittingly, was a strike out. Spicer would end the game with 10 K’s.

“We had heard their coach (Bert Newberry) in interviews say that they had struggled with slower pitching, so I tried to change my speed up as much as I could with them,” Spicer said. “I did everything I could to keep them off balance so they couldn’t hit any bombs, because they have a bunch of players on their team who can hit really well.

“Dickson can hit fast pitching and there towards the end they started playing small ball, which is what a lot of teams will do in post-season tournaments, so I think it was good to play them and get in the right mindset for that.”

“Ashlan Sensing had a great day, she held a really, really good team at bay, and I’m really proud of her,” said Dickson County coach Bert Newberry. “I think what this has done is prepare us for the next two weeks. I feel like facing a pitcher like that, who throws gas, prepares us. It looked like there at the end we started to get adjusted to it, if we could have seen her one more time (through the lineup) we were getting our timing down.

“I feel like we didn’t give up, and right now, the last two times we’ve played, we’ve played slower pitching so tonight we had a hard time catching up to it.”

Both teams will jump back into district play on Tuesday, with Dickson County hosting Page high school. Creek Wood will travel to Stewart County.

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