Lady Cougars top Franklin 3-0 to win District 11-AAA softball tournament championship

The Dickson County High School Lady Cougars won the District 11-AAA softball tournament championship Friday.
The Dickson County High School Lady Cougars won the District 11-AAA softball tournament championship Friday.

Dickson County got all the runs it needed in the first inning and Brooklin Lee did the rest as the Lady Cougars claimed the District 11-AAA softball tournament championship with a 3-0 victory over Franklin Friday. The win means the Lady Cougars will be at home today for the Region 6-AAA tournament. Sophomore Lee struck out 12 Lady Rebels at Franklin’s Fly Park and pitched her way out of only one jam on her way to the complete-game, two-hit shutout. Playing as the home team despite being in Franklin’s backyard, the Lady Cougars struck for two runs in the bottom of the first. Makray Odom led off with a triple, then scored what would prove to be the game-winning run on an RBI single from the team’s lone senior Rachel Rife. After getting moved around, Rife would cross the plate on a passed ball for a 2-0 lead. Franklin had its best shot at breaking the scoring ice in the sixth with the bases full of Lady Rebels, but Lee got a fly ball to Odom to escape the threat. The Lady Cougars tacked on an insurance run when Keely Buchanan got a pinch hit single to score courtesy runner Katy White. As champions in their first season in District 11-AAA, the 37-7 Lady Cougars will host McGavock at 6:00 in the Region 6-AAA semifinals. Tonight’s winner hosts the winner of Overton-Franklin on Wednesday. As the winners of District 11-AA, Creek Wood’s Lady Red Hawks will be hosting Page at 5:00. Tonight’s winner hosts the winner of Giles County-Waverly on Wednesday. After finishing as runners up in District 11-AA, the Creek Wood Red Hawks will travel to Spring Hill for a 6:30 Region 6-AA baseball semifinal on the RFC Sports Network with pregame coverage starting at 6:15. Tonight’s winner hosts the Lewis County-CPA winner on Wednesday.