CANTON Thanks to a strong outing from Madison Luck and a series of defensive errors from visiting Kell, Creekview won 8 1 on Thursday to claim first place in Region 7AAAAA.
Creekview continued to pile the runs on in the sixth off of a Cynda Tate solo home run.
The Lady Longhorns lead didn't last long, however, as Creekview took the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Victoria Cochran's single drove in Anna Tankersley and Luck. Ashley Chumbler added another run to the Lady Grizzlies' tally when she bunted Cochran in, who had advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Howard allowed eight hits in seven innings pitched and was credited with five earned runs.
Kell was its own worst enemy Thursday, as five defensive errors resulted in runs.
"We've been playing well in different aspects of the game, but we finally put it all together," Cain said. "It shows what we're capable of, and hopefully we'll maintain our form."
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Kell was unable to muster any kind of comeback, and the game ended in Creekview's favor.
Creekview coach Chance Cain felt it was the most complete performance his team had put together all season.
"We had a lot of mental errors (Thursday)," Kell coach Lindsey Faber said. "You always hope that those kind of errors don't take place, and we need to eliminate them."
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After Casee Disharoon reached on an error and Kristen Price reached on a single, consecutive wild pitches from Kell's Sara Howard saw both runners advance twice, with Disharoon scoring on the second wild pitch to give Creekview a 4 1 lead.
Both teams jumped on the board early in the second inning.
"Madison was outstanding," he said. "She's been good all season, but (on Thursday) she pitched really well. Kell is a great hitting team, and it took a strong performance from her to keep them in check."
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Kell catcher Taylor Colclasure then attempted to throw Conrad out at second, but the ball sailed over second baseman Hannah McKinley's head, which allowed Conrad to score.
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The Lady Grizzlies made it 5 1 in the fifth when Chumbler, who went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, once again bunted in Cochran.
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Cain was especially impressed with Luck's performance.
Another Kell error gave Creekview its final two runs in the inning.
Despite his team's edge in the region standings, Cain holds a cautious optimism concerning his team's spot, but he's quick to point out that first place is by no means assured.
Kell took the lead in the top of the inning when Jill Torres' single drove in Sierra Shipley, who had advanced to third on Creekview's only error of the night.
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