CANTON — Creekview punched its ticket back to Columbus with a two-game sweep of Houston County on Tuesday night.
The Lady Grizzlies defended their home field with an impressive display of offense in both contests.
The offense powered Creekview to a 9-0 shutout in Game 1, recording 11 hits before triggering the run rule following six innings. Game 2 saw Creekview take an 11-5 victory.
“We had a game plan going in,” Creekview coach Jennifer Maloney said. “They stuck to that game plan. The offense just exploded. They hit good pitches and took ones that were not. Our pitcher was throwing first-pitch strikes, and the defense made some great plays.”
Pitching was a significant part of Creekview’s success all night. In Game 1, Anslie Pettit dominated with nine strikeouts and only two hits allowed. She threw all six innings and only walked one batter.
“Anslie does what Anslie does,” Maloney said. “We know what we are going to get from her. She is consistent and pounds the strike zone with movement, while she also has speed. She came out in that second game throwing strikes and mixed in all of her pitches.”
Pettit also appeared in Game 2, striking out another six batters. Creekview leaned heavily on its ace, and Pettit delivered as the Lady Grizzlies continue to advance in the postseason.
Part of what had Creekview’s offense firing was the aggression Maloney and the Lady Grizzlies showed on the basepaths. They stole 10 bases between the two games, with Ashton Schroyer responsible for four.
“We have some speed,” said Maloney, who was one of the NCAA’s top base-stealers during her time as a college standout at Alabama. “We just tried to take advantage of that as much as possible. When our leadoff hitter gets on, we know that we are going to get her in scoring position for the people behind her.”
Schroyer had a big night between both games for Creekview. She went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a triple in Game 1, then followed that up with two hits and another RBI in the Game 2 win.
Ella Campbell made her mark on the night with a home run in the third inning of Game 2. Brooke Wildes also had a solid night with three hits and five RBIs between the two games.
“This is a group that really enjoys being around each other,” Maloney said. “They have played together for a while, and they have put in the work and time. I am really proud of this group of seniors, and I am happy to see them succeed.”
Creekview has scored 40 runs total in its first four playoff wins and will b e heading to Columbus next week on a hot streak from the plate. If paired with the dominant pitching it had Tuesday, it could be a recipe for a deep playoff run.
“What we are looking for most is these girls just continuing what they have been doing all year,” Maloney said. “A lot of times when we get to state, we let the moment get to us because we think it is a big stage. For these girls, we just need to continue to attack first, play great defense and throw strikes.”