MURFREESBORO – A passed ball at home plate and missed opportunity to bring in Brittney Hunt from third with only one out led to the ultimate undoing of Dickson County as they fell to Dyer County 1-0 in the Divison I AAA state tournament. This loss is Dickson’s second, meaning they have been eliminated from playoff contention.
The first three innings vanished in a little over thirty minutes as Dickson County’s Ashlan Sensing and Dyer County’s Payton Reasons both dominated on the mound. Both pitchers continued the dominance through basically the entire game as Dickson scattered three hits including a leadoff single by Brittney Hunt in the bottom of the seventh. After Hunt reached, Kaylee Triplett moved her over with a fantastic bunt and Hunt just kept moving on to third as the Dyer County infield lost track of her.
Becca Lee swung and missed for strike three and Josie Russell hit a fly ball into left field that fell harmlessly into the glove of the Dyer County left fielder. Coach Bert Newberry felt like Dickson should have gotten Hunt across.
“With Hunt at third and less than two outs with the nucleus of our lineup coming up I had basically already counted that run,” Newberry said. “We’ve tried to impress on the girls all season long that we have to do these things right or things like what happened to us will happen.”
Ashlan Sensing allowed her first baserunner in the top of the seventh inning as Reasons, her counterpart, singled to right field. After a dropped throw to first base Dyer County had runners at first and third with only one out. An intentional walk to Madison Garner filled the bases but a jumping catch by Lacy Murphy gave Dickson two outs. Sensing looked to have found her way out of the inning but a passed ball allowed the first and only run of the game to score.
Dickson came back up to bat but the Lady Cougars went three up and three down on offense to end the season.
“If that girl got that hit because of my pitch call, then that loss is on me,” Newberry added. “Ashlan did not deserve to lose that game like that. She’s been like that for the last three weeks; she just put the team on her back and took us a far as she could.”
Dickson County had two seniors on this season’s squad; Maggie Terrell and Kaylee Triplett.
“Both of them are some of the greatest kids I’ve ever coached,” Newberry stated. “We will miss them and they both served important roles in the lineup. Maggie has caught for us and hit the ball really well this season and Kaylee would do anything we asked her to do so there will be two big holes for us to fill going into next season.”