Dickson County put away McGavock 12-1, as the Lady Cougars scored seven runs in the second inning and didn’t look back.
Ashlan Sensing got the start on the mound and pitched three innings to get some rest with a full week ahead of her. Sensing struck out eight of the nine batters she faced and didn’t allow a base runner. Kate Peters finished the game, pitching four innings and striking out six.
Leadoff hitter Brittney Hunt scored three runs, and Caiti Croff, who came in at third base halfway through the game, picked up three hits and two RBIs. Libbie Wilson knocked in three runs and picked up two hits, as the Lady Cougars scattered 14 hits throughout the contest.
On May 19, Dickson County faced a familiar foe in Summit. The two teams faced off just a week before in the district championship when Summit came out on top in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel. This game was no different. Dickson County won 2-1.
Ashlan Sensing pitched the entire game, striking out seven in seven innings and allowing one unearned run. Sensing also picked up an RBI with a double in the top of the third inning that brought in Octavia Petty. Peters knocked in the other run with a single in the fifth, which brought in Hunt to score the go-ahead run.
In the sectional matchup, Clarksville, a team with eight seniors that Dickson had already faced and lost to earlier in the season, couldn’t find any traction offensively. Sensing, again, pitched a complete game, striking out four in seven innings and allowing one run to get the 7-1 victory.
Peters came across to score thanks to a wild pitch to give Dickson a 1-0 lead, and the Dickson County offense was not done. Lola Shelton laid down a perfect bunt to score Sensing and make her way to first. Lillie Proctor then came across to score on a groundout, but it gave Dickson a 3-0 lead heading to the fifth.
Hunt hit a missile off the top of the fence, missing a home run by inches, to start the fifth and soon scored on a bloop hit soon after, and then Annabelle Ellis hit a home run to take a 6-0 lead.
Clarksville scored a run in the top of the sixth, but Dickson got that run right back with a home run from Petty in the bottom of the inning. Dickson went on to retire the side in the bottom of the seventh to get the win over Clarksville.
“We’re not surprised with how they played, but we’ve had a spell this year where we didn’t play so well, but we knew when we got the bats going that we were going to be OK,” said Dickson coach Bert Newberry. “I couldn’t be happier with these girls and the three seniors who are getting to go to the state tournament.
“We were one of the final 16 left in sectionals and now were in the final eight, but our goal is to finish No. 1. We’ve just got to get down there and continue with this momentum. We just have to keep hitting the ball and playing well, and I think we have a good shot at state.”