Lady Cougars scheduled to face Franklin for tourney championship today, claim title if rained out

Dickson County’s Lady Cougars are scheduled to face Franklin tonight for the District 11-AAA softball tournament championship after the Lady Rebels were a surprise survivor of the losers’ bracket. Franklin beat Brentwood 3-0 at Fly Park in Franklin Thursday night then turned right around and upset Ravenwood 8-3 to earn a shot at Dickson County for the title. The Lady Rebels had dropped their first game of the tournament Monday to Brentwood 1-0, then Dickson County sent Brentwood and Ravenwood into the losers’ bracket with wins Tuesday and Wednesday. Fourth-seeded Franklin’s journey back to title contention started Wednesday with a 5-4 upset of second-seeded Summit and continued Thursday with the elimination of Brentwood and third-seeded Ravenwood. The top-seeded Lady Cougars were undefeated in District 11-AAA action, including 9-0 and 3-1 wins over Franklin. The Lady Rebels will need to beat Dickson County twice tonight to claim the district crown. The first game at Franklin’s Fly Park is scheduled for 4:30 with pregame coverage on the RFC Sports Network starting at 4:15. If needed, a second game will be played immediately after the first. With rain already moving into Middle Tennessee and forecast through the weekend, the Lady Cougars could earn the district title without lifting a bat. If the game is rained out and cannot be played before Monday’s scheduled start of the region tournament, Dickson County will be awarded the tournament championship based on being the last team in the winners’ bracket, meaning the Lady Cougars will host a Region 6-AAA semifinal Monday and Franklin will travel. The region championships are scheduled for Wednesday with the state sectionals on Friday and the state tournament set to begin May 19.