February 6, 2023

It has been an uncharacteristically up and down season for the Lady Cougars on the softball diamond.

The reasons for that are well documented.

More losses in terms of personnel than expected coming into the year.

By proxy a lack of pitching depth.

A lack of team chemistry and that killer instinct we are used to from Bert Newberry coached teams.

However, with all that being said, Coach Newberry still had hope.

He had said since day one, “we just have to be at our best the last two weeks of the season, in district play.”

Well, district play began this week, and it did not start off positively.

Taking on Henry County on the road, the Lady Cougars came out in the first and got the Lady Patriots to go three up and three down.

After getting the first batter in the second to go down though, things unraveled.

Dickson County gave up four runs in the second and failed to score going forward.

A 4-0 district loss to start was not the way to go.

Especially one where your offense, which is supposed to be your strong suit, fails completely.

This team was in desperate need of a ‘get right’ game.

Northwest might have been that game.

A 12-0, five-inning, drumming of the Lady Vikings, Dickson County looked like the teams we came to know and love.

They scored all twelve runs in the first two innings.

Alexia Hoskins threw a complete game with seven strikeouts.

Nearly everyone contributed at least one hit and either a run or an RBI.

It was an elite performance against, albeit inferior competition.

The question now becomes, can they repeat it.

Can Hoskins be that dominant in the circle against better competition?

Will the Lady Cougars be as aggressive and consistent at the plate? As fundamental and free defensively?

Only time will tell, but if they can, this team has the pieces to make a deep run yet again in the postseason.

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