Dickson County set the tone early in its Class AAA softball tournament matchup with Munford, scoring three first-inning runs in a 7-1 win Wednesday.
It was the second win of the day for the Lady Cougars (34-13), who defeated Riverdale 3-1 in the morning session.
“We didn’t get off to a good start against Riverdale, and it almost cost us,” Dickson County coach Shane Buchanan said. “We were looking forward to a new game and a new start.
“We’ve got some speed, and we’ve got some people that can bunt and move the ball around, and we like to use it.”
Dickson County will play Smyrna at 6 p.m. Thursday in the winners bracket final.
A couple of bunt singles by Rachel Rife and Makray Odom helped load the bases, and after Ashley Scott drew a run-scoring walk, freshman Brooklin Lee doubled to drive in a pair of runs.
“We came out swinging and hitting the ball hard,” said Lee, who held Munford (35-10) to a fourth-inning solo home run by Alex Stanford and three other hits.
“We felt they could hit, so we knew we probably needed more than those runs.”
Dickson County scored another run in the second and three more in the fourth as Scott added a two-run single.
“We’d had a problem of getting ahead by two or three runs and then sitting on it,” Buchanan said. “But that’s something we’ve worked on, and they’ve been listening. By this time, everybody’s good. Nobody’s going to quit. They did a good job keeping the pressure on Munford.”
With only one senior and one junior among his 10 starters, Buchanan was particularly pleased with the poise his team showed in the two wins.
“In the first round of the region, against Wilson Central, we were big-eyed,” he said. “Riverdale was the second time we were big-eyed. Sometimes they act their age, but when they’re comfortable, they can play.”