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Drama-filled region title tilt goes to Dickson County

By Chris Yow

SPRING HILL — There has been no shortage of drama when Summit and Dickson County have met on the softball field in 2021, and Wednesday night was no different.

Thanks to a two-out line drive to center field from Kate Peters and a clutch pitching performance from Ashlan Sensing, the Lady Cougars earned the Region 6-AAA championship on the road at Summit, winning a 2-1 decision.

Summit coach Jenny Stevenson said in each game of the season series, it felt like one hit or play could make the difference in the game.

“They got the timely hit tonight,” she said. “Normally it’s us who gets them, but credit (Sensing) because she shut us down tonight.”

As previously stated, however, the ending would not be without drama. Summit’s Dixie Corbin, who was hit in the elbow by a fastball in the fourth inning, stepped to the plate in the sixth with a runner on and two outs, her team down a run. She saw a changeup and belted it to left field. Dickson County’s Lily Proctor ran back, turned to her left and then back right before reaching out and making the catch near the fence to end the inning.

“Dixie hit a home run earlier this season like that, and I thought she had another one,” Stevenson said. “But (Proctor) made a great play on the ball.”

Corbin said the elbow wasn’t bothering her too much during the at-bat, thanks in part to a protective shield she wore.

“Thank goodness I had the EvoShield on, but it’s still sore,” she said. “I hit that home run a couple games ago and I thought I had another one. If it had been a fastball, I think it would have gone over.”

Summit scored its lone run in the inning Corbin was hit. That hit-by-pitch moved Ashlyn Easley to second and brought Claudette Runk to the plate. In the top of the second inning, Runk was the cutoff who made a perfect throw to home plate that saw Hannah Sundburg tag out a hustling Peters trying to score from first base. 

With a chance to tie the game, Runk sent a hard ground ball to the shortstop where it took a favorable bounce for the hitter and allowed Easley to score, making it a 1-1 game.

With the game tied and one out in the fifth inning, starting pitcher Lily Kate Richards issued a walk to the nine-hole hitter and Stevenson made the move to go with Elena Escobar the remainder of the game.

“(Dickson County) has seen them both this year, and we wanted to make the change when we got to the third time through the lineup,” she said. “It wasn’t anything Lily Kate did, we just wanted to change it up.”

Escobar gave up no hits in the final 2 2/3, striking out a pair. The earned run on the bases was credited to Richards, who took the loss. She gave up just two runs on two hits and struck out two.

Peters’ hit was the dagger in the sixth, while Sensing struck out a pair in the seventh and got a ground ball to end the game. Sensing went the distance for the Lady Cougars in the win.

Up Next: With the loss, Summit will have to travel to Springfield, a 10-3 winner over Clarksville. The Spartans were eliminated by the Jackets two years ago in the sectional round, but Stevenson said she is confident her team will be ready.

“We’ve seen their pitcher, and we are going to work on what she does tomorrow and get back out there,” she said. “I’m confident in this team, and I don’t go into any game with these girls I don’t think I can win.”

Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Area sports upcoming

Monday
Baseball

Region 5-A
Santa Fe at East Robertson, 7 p.m.
Jo Byrns at Richland, 6 p.m.
Region 6-A
Summertown at Huntingdon, 6 p.m.
McKenzie at Loretto, 6 p.m.
Region 6-AA
Giles Co. at Lewis Co., 6:30 p.m.
Stewart Co. at Nolensville, 6 p.m.
Region 4-AAA
Lawrence Co. at Siegel, 6 p.m.
Stewarts Creek at Lincoln Co., 6:30 p.m.
Region 6-AAA
McGavock at Independence, 4:30 p.m.
Ravenwood at Overton, 7 p.m.

Softball

Region 5-A
Mt. Pleasant at Jo Byrns, 5:30 p.m.
Houston Co. at Richland, 6 p.m.
Region 6-A
Loretto at McKenzie, 7 p.m.
Huntingdon at Summertown, 6 p.m.
Region 6-AA
Nolensville at Waverly, 5:30 p.m.
Camden at Forrest, 6 p.m.
Region 4-AAA
Lincoln Co. at Siegel, 6:30 p.m.
Smyrna at Coffee Co., 7 p.m.
Region 6-AAA
Hillsboro at Summit, 6 p.m.
Dickson Co. at McGavock, 4:30 p.m.

Roundup: Baseball, softball recaps

Baseball

Lincoln County 3, Lawrence County 1: The Lincoln County Falcons will go down in history as the last champion in the traditional District 8-AAA tournament. Each team plated a run in the first, but Lincoln County was able to get another in the second and one in the sixth to put away the Wildcats. Grant James had the lone Wildcats RBI, while he and Luke Nichols were the only two players to garner a hit off either of the Falcons’ pitchers. Both teams will advance to the regional tournament.

Loretto 14, Summertown 9: Summertown finally ran out of arms. Loretto scored five runs in the seventh to take control and take home the 12-A title. Things looked good early for the Eagles when Drake Blackwood homered as part of a three-run first. Summertown added another run in the second, but the Mustangs rallied and took the lead on a Caden Porter 3-run homer in the fourth. Blackwood homered in the bottom half and Lane Burleson added a round-tripper to take a 7-6 lead. Loretto pulled ahead with two in the fifth and another in the sixth. Grant Burleson then tied the game at 9 with a 2-run shot. Garrett Fisher had four RBIs in the game, while Porter added three.

Independence 18, Dickson Co. 4: Independence completed its improbable run to the region tournament as the No. 6-seed in the 11-AAA tournament with a massive offensive output on Wednesday. The Eagles erupted for six runs in the first and 10 in the third to grab the second and final berth in the region tournament. Cooper Hargrove and Jacob Almon combined to keep the Dickson County offense at bay from the bump, and the Eagles roughed up all but one of the six Cougar pitchers they faced. Jack Baughman hit a homer and had four RBIs to lead Indy, while Logan Molnar also added three hits of his own.

Softball

Summit 1, Dickson Co. 0 (9 inn.): A night after winning with a single run, the Spartan women thought they’d do it again. In the ninth inning, Hannah Sundberg doubled and her courtesy runner, J Pittman, moved to third on a ground out before Dixie Corbin singled her home for the game’s only run. Elena Escobar picked up where she left off on Tuesday, going the distance and giving up no runs on seven hits and striking out 11.

Rally falls just short as Raiders’ season ends

By Chris Yow

BRENTWOOD — Trailing by seven runs and seemingly with nothing to lose, Spring Hill coach Paul Lamm said his team may have loosened up a bit at the plate.

That relaxed approach nearly led to an improbable comeback Tuesday.

As 10 went to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Raiders had the bases loaded before a fly ball to right field was corralled and Dickson County escaped with a 12-10 win.

Jackson Marbet led off the inning being hit by a pitch and Quent Mizer doubled. Chance Bland’s double on the next at-bat scored both runners before Ethan Swoish singled home a run. Cole Taylor and Brantly Whitwell singled in runs and Nathaniel Huntzinger reached on an error. Marbet then drew a walk from an 0-2 count to load the bases before Mizer lined out to right field.

“We had the right people up at the right time, and we just couldn’t get the final ball to get down. If that would’ve gotten down we tie the game and maybe take the lead because we were running,” Lamm said. “The guys gave us a great ballgame and gave our fans something to cheer for at the end.”

Coming off a dramatic 10-inning win the night before, the Cougars advanced to the losers bracket finals with the win, extending their season by at least one more day.

Spring Hill ended its season after eliminating the tournament’s top two seeds, regular-season champion Ravenwood and runner-up Brentwood, in back-to-back days.

Lamm had nothing but praise for his team’s effort.

“Our kids never gave up, and we were one bounce away from taking this one,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way these guys fought and gave effort to the very end.”

Runs came in bunches for Spring Hill, as they found little success early against Dickson County’s Ben Fisher. He was solid through the first four innings, sans a Marbet solo home run, but after his team gave him a comfortable 9-1 advantage in the fifth, the Raiders took advantage.

A pair of singles from Taylor and Whitwell paid off when Huntzinger doubled home a run and Dawson Hargrove plated a pair as well. Marbet followed up his fourth inning homer with an RBI double, cutting the lead to 9-5 by the end of the inning.

Dickson County added a solo homer in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh for the 12-5 lead.

“We tried to do too much early on, I think. When you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to perform, it can make things more difficult,” Lamm said.

Both teams had 13 hits and three errors each. The only number that wasn’t equal was the run total. Lamm, however, said the season and tournament wasn’t for naught and praised his outgoing seniors for their leadership throughout a up-and-down season.

“We started out 1-8 and we could’ve given up. Tonight we got down 9-1 and it could have been over at any point after that, but our seniors stepped up,” Lamm said. “I can’t say enough good things about where this program is after tonight. We proved in this tournament that Raider baseball is still strong.”

The Raiders finished the season 14-14 overall.

Photos by Chris Yow / SM-Tn Sports

Roundup: Baseball and softball recaps

Baseball

Middle Tennessee Chr. 5, Columbia Acad. 1: Middle Tennessee Christian was able to rough up Kavares Tears early, and held on for a win in Division II-A District 3 play. Tanner Ham had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Bulldogs in the only bright spot offensively in the game. Landon Prentice struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs — none earned — on three hits.

Mt. Pleasant 11, Hampshire 2: The Tigers plated six runs in the fourth inning to break open a 1-0 game at Hampshire on Monday. The Tigers got a 2-run single from Gaven Whitehead, RBI singles from Ryan Clark and Codell Gilliam, as well as doubles to score a run from Hayden Holt and Kobe Dowell in the inning. For Hampshire, Jed Page took the loss on the bump, but had an RBI on 2-of-3 hitting at the plate. Blake Morrow and Kennon Anderson each had hits for the Hawks. Whitehead was afforded the win, going five innings and giving up one run on three hits, striking out eight.

Spring Hill 5, Dickson Co. 2: Dawson Hargrove tossed a ‘Maddux’ on Monday, going the distance and throwing just 86 pitches. He struck out 12 and walked none in the win. Jackson Marbet led the Raiders on offense, going 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the fifth to give his team some insurance after Brantly Whitwell scored on a passed ball during Marbet’s at-bat to take the lead.

Summit 7, Centennial 5: Summit jumped out to a big lead, scoring five runs in the second inning, but had to hang on late as the Cougars got four in the fifth and another in the sixth. Brady Hendrix came on in relief following the fifth run and struck out four, including the final out with the bases loaded for Centennial. Alex Runk led the Spartans, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Six other Summit hitters added a hit each.

Grace Chr. 14, Zion Chr. 0: Luke Gill tossed a no-hitter on Monday to down Zion Christian in league play. Gill went five innings and struck out nine in the win. Blake Barton had five RBIs for the Lions, including a grand slam in a nine-run third inning.

Softball

Summit 4, Ravenwood 2: Morgan Woodside’s third-inning triple scored a pair of runs that would prove to be the difference for the Spartan women on Monday. Claudette Runk added a single later that would score Woodside for some insurance. That three-run third was the biggest blemish in an otherwise solid outing from Raptors’ pitcher Avery Weissmar. She sat down 14 Spartans on strikes, including all but one of the Summit starting nine at least once. Lily Kate Richards got the win in the circle, going seven full and giving up two runs on seven hits and five strikeouts.

Columbia Acad. 1, Ardmore (Ala.) 0: Averi Slaughter was dominant in the circle for the Lady ‘Dawgs. She struck out eight and scattered three hits in the win. A scoreless game saw its only run in the sixth on a Myleah Hardy single to score Karli Quillin. Hardy was 2-for-3 in the game to lead the Bulldogs.

Zion Chr. 12, Culleoka 0: A fourth-inning walk was all that stood between Ashleia Coble and a perfect game Monday. She threw a no-hitter, striking out 12 in a five-inning win over the host Lady Warriors. Becca Hazard continued her hot streak, going 4-for-4, including a home run and three doubles. Coble added three RBIs on two hits as well.

Monday on the hardwood

Summit girls 65, Ravenwood 53

R 10 4 16 23 — 53
S 15 13 16 21 — 65

Ravenwood (53) — Lexi Erickson 16, Rachel Hillman 8, Elizabeth Flynn 4, Mary Prestegaard 1, Ava Lavigne 3, Reghan Grimes 21
Summit (65) — Myah Kratzig 5, Delaney Noe 18, Bergen Allee 9, Emma Kate Bratton 3, Claudette Runk 10, Cydney Wright 3, Ellie Colson 12, Nicole Rizane 5
3-pointers — Ravenwood 5 (Erickson 2, Hillman 2, Lavigne), Summit 6 (Alle 3, Bratton, Runk 2)

Santa Fe girls 35, Mt. Pleasant 33

MP 7 10 6 10 — 33
SF 8 3 9 15 — 35

Mt. Pleasant (33) — Kielee Bradley 3, Emily Crossman 2, Kenzie Gray 8, Addison Workman 8, Ayanna Jones 6, Maggie Simpson 4, Kiyanna Armstrong 2
Santa Fe (35) — Gracie Mills 5, Elise Adkison 3, Emmy Bates 18, Aniston Slaughter 7, Emily Hopkins 2
3-pointers — Mt. Pleasant 1 (Bradley), Santa Fe 4 (Bates 4)

Lawrence Co. girls 56, Shelbyville 38

S 8 5 13 12 — 38
L 12 11 20 13 — 56

Shelbyville (38) — Lilly Brown 4, Kelsey Hardin 9, Paige Blackburn 14, Kendall Dearing 7, Zoe Reed 4
Lawrence Co. (56) — Carson Gobble 10, Katie Criswell 14, Madison Tidwell 11, Chloe Willis 13, Janie Scott 5, Payton Morgan 3
3-pointers — Shelbyville 4 (Hardin, Blackburn 2, Dearing), Lawrence Co. 5 (Tidwell 3, Willis 2)

Tullahoma boys 63, Lawrence Co. 43

L 14 5 9 15 — 43
T 16 11 16 20 — 63

Lawrence Co. (43) — Alex Carr 1, Kade Shultz 6, Elijah Reynolds 10, Ty Cobb 4, Luke Boswell 9, Harrison Hagan 4, Mac Shultz 6, Charlie Brewer 2, Kobe Carroll 1
Tullahoma (63) — Ethan Hargrove 2, Ryan Scott 8, Krys Uselton 15, Jacob Dixon 2, Will Partin 11, Keishawn Cummings 2, Joe Duncan 12, Brody Melton 11
3-pointers — Lawrence Co. 4 (K. Shultz 2, Reynolds, M. Shultz), Tullahoma 6 (Scott 2, Uselton 2, Partin, Duncan)

Dickson Co. boys 51, Spring Hill 38

SH 6 11 12 9 — 38
DC 13 7 12 19 — 51

Spring Hill (38) — Landen Secrest 4, Jaylen Rucker 7, Quintaveous Simmons 5, Kai’Seanne Brashear 22
Dickson Co. (51) —Jamison Burum 1, Brock Holley 6, Jessie Stewart 5, Josh Cope 21, Joe Carr 9, Mason Herbert 2, Wyatt Harman 4, Dylan Beard 3
3-pointers — Spring Hill 3 (Simmons, Brashear 2), Dickson Co. 7 (Holley, Cope 4, Carr, Beard)

Mt. Pleasant boys 76, Hampshire 32

M 21 24 13 14 — 76
H 9 11 10 7 — 32

Hampshire (32) — Cameryn Bass 16, Blake Morrow 3, Errette Delk 2, Ethan Bowden 7, Jed Page 2, Peyton Morton 2
Mt. Pleasant (76) — Keevan Cooper 11, Kentra Frierson 15, Tip Marlow 8, Hayden Holt 2, Chris Andrews 18, Demarkus Brown 2, Chandler Hughes 2, Gavin Alderson 4, Bennett Hughes 5, Hardin Hughes 5, Kyler Baker 4
3-pointers — Hampshire 4 (Bass 2, Morrow, Bowden), Mt. Pleasant 6 (Frierson 4, B. Hughes, H. Hughes)