The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks were locked in against non-district foe Henry County on Wednesday night. Lennon Spicer had blanked the visiting Lady Patriots and everything was on cruise control before a 3-run homer cut a 4-0 lead to 4-3. The Lady Red Hawks bowed up after that, however, and turned away a quality opponent for an impressive win heading into postseason play.
The Class AAA Henry County squad finished the regular season tied for their district title, but they got more than they probably expected from the Class AA Lady Red Hawks. Spicer had a perfect game through three innings, before a harmless single to lead off the fourth broke up the perfecto and the no-hitter.
Bailey Griffith, Sam Morgan, and Lillie Boydston would rap consecutive one-out singles in the bottom of the second, but after a fielder’s choice caught Griffith at home, Kensli Douthit singled to drive in Ashlee Shockley (running for Morgan) to give Creek Wood a 1-0 lead. Griffith would double home Jase Jackson in the bottom of the third to make it 2-0, then Morgan would drive Griffith home to make it 3-0. Boydston then reached on an error, and England would drive Shockley in to make it 4-0 before Boydston was caught off second to end the inning.
With just 4 outs left and trailing by 4, Caroline Hudson stepped up in the sixth for Henry County. Spicer had allowed a couple of singles, but with 2 out in the inning all she needed was a ground ball or a pop-out. Instead, Hudson crushed the first pitch she saw to right field for a 3-run homer, and the lead was cut to 4-3. After issuing a walk, Spicer got a ground-out to get out of the inning with the lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Creek Wood got a runner to third but no further in the quest for an insurance run, but the bottom of the order for the Lady Patriots went in order in the top of the seventh and Creek Wood held on for a huge win 4-3.
Spicer finished with a complete game victory, needing just 93 pitches to go the distance. She allowed 3 runs, all earned, on just 5 hits and a walk, striking out 6. Paige Roberts, her counterpart for Henry County, was touched up for 14 hits in just 6 innings, striking out none, walking one, and allowing 4 runs–3 of them earned.
Douthit and Morgan were each 3-for-3 with an RBI; Shockley scored twice running for Morgan as well. Griffith was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while England also added an RBI in the win.