Creekview unable to complete first-round sweep
by Steve Ruthsatz
Tribune Sports Correspondent
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Austin Smith takes a swing Friday afternoon during the first game of Creekview’s first-round Class AAAAA state playoff series with Lakeside-DeKalb.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Austin Smith takes a swing Friday afternoon during the first game of Creekview’s first-round Class AAAAA state playoff series with Lakeside-DeKalb.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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CANTON — Beginning its playoff run at home Friday, Creekview split a doubleheader with Lakeside-DeKalb.

The Grizzlies posted an 8-7 win in eight innings in the first game before suffering a 7-6 loss.

“What a couple of great games,” Creekview coach Mike Nayman said. “Both teams had big moments, big hits, big comebacks, big innings, big pitches. That’s what playoff baseball is all about.”

In the opener, Lakeside (18-8) had a 2-0 lead before Creekview (17-11) put together a four-run fourth.

The Vikings, the No. 3 seed from Region 6AAAAA, tied the game in the top of the fifth inning and scored three unearned runs in the sixth to move back on top 7-4. The Grizzlies, the second seed out of Region 7AAAAA, answered by tallying three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, tying the contest at 7-7.

After a scoreless seventh, the game went into an extra inning, with Creekview pushing across the winning run on a fielder’s choice with one out in the eighth.

In a contest that lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes, Lakeside had a slight 9-8 edge in hits and made two of the game’s five errors. The Grizzlies gave up three unearned runs and the Vikings two. Lakeside left 13 runners on base and Creekview 10.

Kyle Wilkie went 2-for-3 with a double for Creekview, while Ryan Stevens also doubled, walked twice and scored. Steven Whitaker tripled, while pinch-hitter Austin Smith, Chandler Wold and Avery Smith each collected a hit and an RBI. Nick Williams produced the game-winning RBI.

Chase Puckett pitched 3 2/3 innings in earning the win for the Grizzlies. He allowed three hits and no earned runs while striking out four in relief of starter Avery Smith.

Creekview raced out to a 5-0 advantage in the second contest before Lakeside knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Grizzlies regained the lead, 6-5, in the top of the sixth inning but the Vikings rallied with two runs in the bottom half.

Creekview outhit Lakeside 9-7 and did not commit an error. The Vikings were guilty of four errors, leading to three unearned runs for the Grizzlies. Creekview stranded nine base runners and Lakeside just two.

Whitaker finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for the Grizzlies while Williams also had two hits in three at-bats with a run scored. Austin Smith drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 performance while Avery Smith, his brother, went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Wold singled and scored while Wilkie was 1-for-2. Puckett knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Ben Carraway started on the mound for Creekview and went five innings, giving up four hits with five strikeouts. Wold took the loss in relief after working one inning.

The teams are scheduled to complete their three-game series at 1 p.m. today at Creekview.

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