Dickson County coach Rodney O. Parker honors Creek Wood coach Chris Clapper’s 300th win with the Red Hawks in pregame
By Casey Patrick
DICKSON, TN – Dickson County took advantage of some Creek Wood defensive mishaps in the sixth inning to tie and then take the lead, rallying from down 6-2 to win 7-6 on Saturday afternoon. The win completed a two-game sweep, as the Cougars got the better of the Red Hawks Friday night as well, winning that game 7-2.
Dickson County pitcher Andrew Travis, who had only pitched an inning and two-thirds thus far into the season, pitched two strong innings for the Cougars on Saturday and picked up the win.
“Jett Jackson, Andrew Travis, and Max Sensing combined for over four scoreless innings,” said Dickson County coach Rodney O. Parker.
“Those innings were highlighted by Andrew’s two scoreless innings as he picked up the win and Sensing got the save.”
“We’ve got to clean up our defense,” Creek Wood coach Chris Clapper said. “This is two nights in a row where our defense has really hurt us and today it cost us the ballgame.”
Both Dickson County and Creek Wood swung the bats well as each team collected ten total hits, but the difference in the game, as Clapper mentioned, was defense. The Cougars had only one error in the box score, while the Red Hawks registered four. Two errors really stood out for Creek Wood in the sixth inning, as left fielder Dylan Berry had a ball escape under his glove, allowing two Cougars to score, and first baseman Same Batey had a chance to turn a big double play but threw the ball wide of the shortstop covering the bag.
Creek Wood started off hot, scoring six runs in the first three innings thanks to some timely hitting from Blaine Allen, who brought in two with an RBI double and Dylan Berry, who hit a one-hopper over the fence for a ground-rule double. The Cougars showed a lot of fight however, as they were able to slow the hot Creek Wood bats, six is all the Red Hawks would score and Dickson County climbed back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and three in the sixth to take the lead.
“Anytime you throw that many guys as he (Parker) did your hitters don’t have enough time to get a rhythm,” Clapper added. “Anytime you get through the lineup and the second time through you know what he’s going to do and you kind of know what he’s thinking but when they change so much it’s hard to get your timing.”
“Each squad was deep into their pitching rotation,” Parker stated. “We didn’t command it well on the bump early as the Red Hawks jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Each team swung the bats well and Creek Wood has some really talented players that are hard to get out. After we displayed bad body language when we fell down 6-2, I really like how we responded in which we took advantage of a couple mistakes by them.”
Creek Wood vs. Dickson County wasn’t the only game to be played at Shelby Rye field on Saturday, as Dickson County hosted its fifth annual alumni game. Approximately 26 different alumni showed up, ranging from the Class of 1976 to the Class of 2018.
The scoreboard was on, but the score really didn’t matter, as the real winners were the fans who attended. Friends and family of all the alums were there to support the former Cougars as they danced to their own walk-up music and all seemed to have a good time. Of course, with an event like that, there are no losers, although if you ask any of the players who participated in the game, some may tell you otherwise. Regardless of age, alumni were diving, sliding, and playing their heart out while having a ball.
“The alumni game was so much fun on a spectacular day,” Parker said. “We had 26 alumni show up and I thank them for electing to spend part of their Saturday on a hill at Dickson County High School. These games are always entertaining and it’s fun to catch up with former Cougars.”