Creek Wood softball

Creek Wood pitcher Lennon Spicer and Lillie Boydston take a timeout in the circle against Gibbs on Thursday.

MURFREESBORO — Sam England hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to score the first run of the game as Creek Wood defeated Sequatchie County 3-0 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the state softball tournament.

Creek Wood will play the loser of Thursday’s late game between Lexington and Forrest at 9 a.m. Friday at Starplex. If Creek Wood wins the 9 a.m. game, it will play the winner of Thursday’s late game at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a possible championship game. If Creek Wood wins the 2:30 game, it would need to win one more game Friday for the state championship.

The Lady Red Hawks’ best finish in the state tournament was third in 2017.

Lennon Spicer scattered seven Sequatchie hits to throw a complete-game as she bounced in and out of trouble but kept Sequatchie off the scoreboard.

Creek Wood left runners on base throughout the game, a trend they have shown throughout the state tournament.

England’s fifth-inning home run was the big blow. England had watched the first two pitches called for strikes and fouled one off as well. England sent the ball deep into left field close to the foul line, but the ball landed over the fence and fair for the first run of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Creek Wood’s Madison Woodard brought home a run with a bases-loaded single and England knocked in her second run of the game with another single.

Creek Wood 3, Gibbs 2

Jase Jackson’s fifth-inning home run got the Creek Wood offense out of a rut and Samantha England and Maddy Pullum brought in runs in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI single each to give Creek Wood the victory in an elimination game.

Gibbs had eliminated Creek Wood in last season’s tournament but just couldn’t quite get their bats going against Lennon Spicer. The Lady Red Hawks’ pitcher allowed only two hits — a two-run triple to score the first two runs of the game and the second one in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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