MURFREESBORO – A passed ball and a missed opportunity to tie the game with a runner at third base and only one out in the final inning cost Dickson County, which lost 1-0 on Thursday to Dyer County in a Class AAA state tournament elimination game.
The first three innings vanished in a little over 30 minutes as Dickson County’s Ashlan Sensing and Dyer County’s Payton Reasons both dominated on the mound. Dickson County had three hits, including a leadoff single by Brittney Hunt in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kaylee Triplett moved Hunt along with a fantastic bunt and Hunt just kept running to third base.
Becca Lee struck out and Josie Russell hit a flyball into left field that was caught to end the game and the Lady Cougars’ season.
“With Hunt at third and less than two outs with the nucleus of our lineup coming up I had basically already counted that run,” Coach Bert 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.”
Sensing allowed her first baserunner in the top of the seventh inning as Reasons singled to right field. A dropped throw at first base gave Dyer County runners at first and third with only one out. An intentional walk filled the bases but a jumping catch by Lacy Murphy gave Dickson County two outs. Sensing looked to have found her way out of the inning but a passed ball allowed the only run of the game.
“If that girl got that hit because of my pitch call, then that loss is on me,” Newberry said. “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 said. “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.”