Creek Wood softball has clashed in some marquee pitching duels in the postseason, and Thursday night was no exception. Bitter rivals Waverly and Creek Wood squared off in an absolute gem, with the winner moving on in the 11-AA tournament and the loser unfortunately done for the season. The game was scoreless through six, but the Tigerettes scratched through for a run in the top of the seventh, and CWHS got two runners on in the bottom half but could not get the tie. Waverly held on for a 1-0 win behind senior pitcher Taylor Hill, and the Lady Red Hawks were eliminated on their own home field.
Stewart County had every reason to have a rough game against Creek Wood on Tuesday afternoon. The game had already been rained out on Monday night, moved to Tuesday night, then moved again from Dover to Creek Wood, putting the displaced Lady Rebels on the road but technically the home team.
Unfortunately for the Lady Red Hawks, all the confusion didn’t slow Stewart County in the least. The squads scrapped in a messy pitcher’s duel, but a two-run homer helped the Lady Rebels break through en route to a 3-0 win over CWHS.
Freshman starter and arguable staff ace Brett Jackson had only one inning all game where she didn’t allow a base runner, but Stewart County never touched her until the fifth inning. Jackson gave up a leadoff single to the nine-hole hitter, and after a sacrifice bunt and a flyout, Jessie Vinson parked a two run bomb to left field for the first runs of the game. Jackson would issue a walk and allow an infield single before inducing a comebacker to retire the side. Another leadoff single would put a runner on in the fifth, and after a passed ball and an error on a throw from second to first Stewart County would add an unearned insurance run to make it 3-0. In all, Jackson only gave up six hits, walking two but striking out just one.
Creek Wood had its share of chances as well, but the sharp Lady Rebel senior Ashley Byrd kept working out of trouble. Kayla Jackson and Samantha Davenport each singled in the top of the first, but with two on and just one out the Lady Red Hawks couldn’t plate a run. A Carrie Allen single leading off the top of the second gave CWHS another shot, and a one out walk to Becky Melton gave the Lady Red Hawks another two-on, one-out situation, before a strikeout and a popout ended the threat again. Much like Brett Jackson, Byrd pitched with runners on in nearly every inning; Creek Wood only went in order twice–the fifth, before the Lady Rebels scored, and the seventh, when they were trying to extend the game. Byrd finished with a complete game four hitter, walking one while striking out eight.
Only one Lady Red Hawk was on base twice as Melton walked in the second and singled in the fourth. However, Carrie Allen earned MVP honors for her excellent defense at third, while collecting one of the other three hits on the night for CWHS. The loss puts Creek Wood into the losers’ bracket in the District 11-AA softball playoffs, which continue this week.
A great pitching performance from Gage Terry set Creek Wood’s season in motion. A great pitching performance by a Harpeth Indian brought it to a close.