Region win over Franklin puts Lady Cougars one win away from returning to TSSAA state tournament

Dickson County’s Lady Cougars are one win away from a return trip to the TSSAA state softball tournament after claiming the Region 6-AAA championship 8-5 over Franklin Tuesday. The victory means Dickson County will host a state sectional game Friday with the winner moving on to the Spring Fling next week in Murfreesboro. In their fourth meeting with the Lady Rebels, Dickson County scored a run in every inning but the third, building a 6-1 lead in the fourth and hanging on for the win. The Lady Cougars were ahead 3-1 heading into the fourth when Becca Estes homered to right. Makray Odom singled and advanced to third on a bunt single from Selena Crafton and scored on a Brooklin Lee shot off of the pitcher. Payton Grove then drove in Crafton with a shot to left field for the 6-1 advantage. After a Libby Sugg two-run homer cut the margin to 6-3, Dickson County padded its advantage with an Ashley Scott RBI single in the fifth and Savannah Mathis drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for an 8-3 lead. Cassidy Hale got another two-run homer for the Lady Rebels in the seventh before Lee closed the door for the win. Lee ended up with 11 strikeouts. The Lady Cougars will host the loser of the Region 5-AAA championship game scheduled for tonight between Clarksville and Wilson Central in the state sectional Friday while Franklin travels to the Region 5 winner. Dickson County advanced to the region final by pounding McGavock 13-0 in five innings Monday. Brooklin Lee had a three-RBI triple in a seven-run first inning for the Lady Cougars while Makray Odom capped a six-run fourth with a two-run homer. Lee struck out 12 and gave up only one hit to take the win on the 10-run mercy rule.