MURFREESBORO – A game full of wacky bounces led to the downfall of the Creek Wood softball team on Friday morning as it lost to Lexington 5-2, eliminating the Lady Red Hawks from the state tournament.
Creek Wood, which finishes the season third in the state, had lost to Lexington 1-0 on Wednesday night to fall into the loser’s bracket.
Creek Wood, making its third consecutive appearance in the state tournament, seemed to be off and running in the bottom of the second inning when Sam Morgan reached base on a one-out single. Madison Woodard then hit into a fielder’s choice that left her on base. Madeline Kilpatrick hit a line drive into left field that the outfielder misjudged. The ball skipped past her glove and toward the fence as Woodard flew around the bases and came scored.
Creek Wood didn’t hold the 1-0 lead for long.
With a runner at first base and one out, Cadey McDaniel, the Lexington pitcher, hit a weak ground ball to first base but as it approached first baseman Lillie Boydston the ball took a bad hop and bounced over Boydston’s head. Lexington would then execute three perfect bunts to get the bases loaded and score two runs.
In the top of the fourth inning Lexington added two more runs to make the score 5-1 with a few hard hit ground balls.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Creek Wood loaded the bases and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. A hard hit ground ball right at the Lexington shortstop ended the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Sam Morgan hit a towering home run over the left field fence to make the score 5-2, but that would be the last run of the game for either team.
Five Creek Wood seniors played their last game on Friday. Those seniors include Tennessee State University signee Analeigh Coursey; Samantha England, who has signed a letter of intent for bowling at Tusculum; 2019 class valedictorian Alex Edwards; Kentucky Christian signee Madison Woodard; and four-year catcher Sam Morgan.
“They have been the foundation of the team for a while,” Creek Wood coach Nancy Jackson said. “They’ve played together for so long and been a part of this team for so long that I’ve just always built the team around them. It’s going to be weird not having them there, not having them on the bus. It’s going to be odd for them to not be around.
“I’ll have to get out of the habit of writing their names next to their numbers. We’ve played a lot of ball games together, we’ve been here (state tournament) three times. It’s going to be hard to let them go.”