Creekview coach Chance Cain couldn’t hide his excitement for his team’s wins.
“It feels great,” he said. “Our goal is to get to Columbus and into the final eight, and now we’re one step away.”
Second-seeded Creekview (21-11) will either travel to Loganville or host Woodland-Bartow in a second-round series next week. The Lady Grizzlies, who won their first-round series for the third straight year, are trying to return to the state finals in Columbus for the first time since 2010.
To get to this point, Creekview had to survive what Cain said was one of the wildest endings to a game he had seen all year.
Down 3-0 going into the fifth inning of Game 1, Creekview got on the board with an RBI single by Ashley Chumbler.
Chumbler, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two steals and scored a run, then pulled the Lady Grizzlies within one when she scored off of a wild pitch.
Chumbler was at it again in the seventh as she drove in pinch-runner Madison Young with a single to send the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the bases loaded and one out, Tiffany Godfrey hit a routine groundball to Lakeside pitcher Marie Collop.
After Collop threw home to catcher Ashleigh Dennis for a forceout, Dennis attempted to throw to first to get Godfrey out and end the inning, but the throw was too late.
On the throw, Anna Tankersley headed home from third and scored the game-winning run to complete the Lady Grizzlies’ comeback and send the home fans into a frenzy.
Gracie Dorr, who gave up four hits and two earned runs while striking out eight, pitched all eight innings for Creekview.
In the second game of the night, third-seeded Lakeside (19-11) could find no answer for Creekview pitcher Madison Luck, who pitched a perfect game through the first six innings.
To make matters worse, Creekview’s offense came alive, with Tankersley, Casee Disharoon, Godfrey and Luck all driving in runs.
Chumbler, who went 4-for-4 in the second game, was 7-for-8 for the doubleheader with two RBIs, five steals and scored four runs.
“Ashley has been our most consistent player all season,” Cain said. “If I wanted anyone at the plate, it would be her.”
Luck’s perfect game was broken up by Dennis in the seventh, and she finished the night having only given up two hits and one earned run.
“Madison was lights-out (Wednesday),” Cain said. “Every pitch she threw was on target.”