Samantha England rounds third and heads home after a two-run home run
By Casey Patrick
CHARLOTTE, TN – Sam England smashed a two-run homer in the third inning as Lennon Spicer pitched a complete game, allowing only one run to lead Creek Wood softball to its first 11-AA district title since 2015.
Spicer went 2-3 from the plate while also pitching a gem in the circle as she struck out five over seven innings. Creek Wood’s defense was spectacular as well; Waverly’s only run of the game came in the top of the fifth as Waverly’s Julie Bukky sent a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield, but Samantha England got the ball in quickly from right field to keep the tying run at third base.
“I knew it was gone,” Creek Wood right fielder Samantha England on her home run. “I knew it was somewhere and I was glad it was gone. We just have to keep the energy up in the dugout and we have to play as a team. The moment we don’t play as a team is the moment we won’t be able to win big games like these.
“Lennon (Spicer) has been great on the mound, she’s been a trooper. As coach (Nancy) Jackson likes to call her our ‘Princess on the mound’ but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty when it matters.”
Win or lose, Creek Wood would have advanced to the regional semifinals regardless, but with the win Creek Wood will now be able to host and keep their momentum going.
The Lady Red Hawks will play Giles County Monday, May 13 at 6pm in the R6AA semifinal.