CANTON — Behind strong pitching performances and a consistent offense, Creekview swept Carrollton in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs Tuesday.
Creekview run-ruled Carrollton by a 9-1 margin in six innings during Game 1, then comfortably took Game 2 by a score of 11-2. The Lady Grizzlies will host the winner of the series between Houston County and Lakeside-Evans next week.
Anslie Pettit started in the circle for Creekview (22-5-1) in Game 1 and dominated pitching a complete-game four-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks. Her only earned run came during the sixth inning following a double and a single.
“Pettit did a really good job tonight,” Creekview coach Jennifer Maloney said. “She got first-pitch strikes, and then we were able to go from there. She kept hitters off-balance just by throwing different pitches (and throwing to) different hitting locations, but it all starts with getting first-pitch strikes.”
Pettit hardly felt pressure from Carrollton (15-14), as she retired all three batters in four of six innings pitched. In the second inning, she got out of a two-on, two-out situation by forcing a groundout to second. After allowing a run in the sixth, she struck out the next batter to keep the momentum the Lady Grizzlies’ way.
Creekview senior Ashton Schroyer opened the scoring in the first inning of Game 1 by reaching base on an error, stealing second and scoring two batters later by Brooke Wildes. The Lady Grizzlies then scored eight runs across the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the last coming after an RBI single by Cassie Brundage to seal the victory.
Brundage led Creekview during Game 1, going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Shroyer reached base in all four plate appearances, going 2-for-4 with a walk and three stolen bases. Across both games, Shroyer finished 4-for-8 with five stolen bases and an RBI.
“(Having Shroyer at leadoff) is huge,” Maloney said. “Just knowing that with her speed, she can place the ball, she can hit the ball for power and I mean, just her getting on base guarantees that we’re going to have someone in scoring position early in the game.”
Creekview opened the scoring in Game 2 following a leadoff walk by Shroyer and a double by senior Sammi Martin. The Lady Grizzlies scored at least one run in five of seven innings during the series-clincher, plating six in the final inning.
Martin led Creekview in Game 2, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. She had one single, two doubles and a triple all in the second game.
Ella Campbell kick-started Creekview’s scoring in the seventh inning with a solo home run to center field. Four singles, an error by Carrollton and Martin’s triple followed, giving little doubt whether the Lady Grizzlies would finish the Trojans off in the bottom half of the inning.
Creekview’s Mattie Lathem earned the start for Game 2, with Brundage entering the circle in relief to start the third inning. Lathem finished with one strikeout, one walk, four allowed hits and one earned run. Brundage had four strikeouts, two walks, four hits and one run, coming in the seventh inning.
“We have a really good pitching staff,” Maloney said. “To be able to use (Pettit, Lathem and Brundage), just depending on different situations and the game plan we had coming into this, I thought all three of them did a really good job. They did a really good job tonight fighting through adversity.”