Davenport's walk-off homer clinches District 11-AA championship for Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks

The District 11-AA softball tournament champion Creek Wood High School Lady Red Hawks.
The District 11-AA softball tournament champion Creek Wood High School Lady Red Hawks.

Waverly forced Creek Wood to the very edge of defeat before Samantha Davenport’s walk-off two-run homer clinched the District 11-AA softball tournament title for the Lady Red Hawks. After surviving the losers’ bracket following a 5-2 loss to Creek Wood Monday, the Lady Tigers came to Charlotte Thursday night and grabbed a 4-1 win in the first championship game, forcing a winner-take-all deciding match after the Lady Red Hawks’ first district loss of the season. Trailing 5-4 with one out in the bottom of the seventh in the deciding game, Davenport smacked her second two-run homer of the game to claim the championship for Creek Wood. The victory means the Lady Red Hawks will host a Region 6-AA semifinal on Monday while Waverly will have to hit the road. Despite out-hitting Waverly 7-5 in the night’s first game, Creek Wood was unable to turn those hits into runs, leaving eight runners stranded on the night. Waverly took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before Creek Wood got on the board with a Taylor Griffith single scoring Carrie Allen. But Waverly’s Ally Brown got a strikeout to end the game with the 4-1 victory and force the second game. The Lady Red Hawks came out of the gate offensively in the nightcap, starting with a Cheyenne Douthit single to score Griffith in the first. Waverly went in front 2-1 in the third before Becky Melton’s solo homer tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Davenport’s first homer with Douthit on base put Creek Wood ahead 4-2 in the fifth. Waverly’s Sara Smith led off the sixth with a home run to cut the margin to one before Taylor Travis smacked a bases-loaded, two-out double that put the Lady Tigers ahead 5-4. Down to its last two outs, Creek Wood got a single from Brett Jackson before Davenport sent the second pitch she saw over the bullpen in right for the tournament-winning homer. Creek Wood will host the runner up from District 12-AA in the regional semifinal Monday with the region championship scheduled for Wednesday and state sectionals on Friday before the state tournament opens May 19.