STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTOS BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR.
Summit Lady Spartans had high hopes heading into the regional finals, but were upended against rival Dickson Co., 6-5.
This was a rematch of last week’s District 11 AAA Championship, which Summit won. However Dickson Co. came ready to play. This was a barn burner from the very beginning. In the top of the first inning, the Lady Cougars brought the bats, scoring two runs off of three hits to take a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Summit caught fire, with Allison Knox and LK Richards getting to third and first base, respectively. Morgan Woodside hit an RBI single, bringing in Knox and shrinking the lead to 2-1.
In the top of the third, Dickson County extended their lead to 3-1.
But the Lady Spartan’s countered the scoring with hot bats of their own. With Mckinley Jackson at third, and Kaitlyn Woodside at second, Carly Scott hit a double that bounced off the left field wall bringing both runners home, evening the game at 3-3.
However, Dickson County was not shaken. They continued scoring and took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fourht.
In the bottom of the fourth, Scott hit an RBI double, bringing in Kaitlyn Woodside to lessen the lead to 5-4.
In the fifth, Summit made a pitching change. Taylor Penning started and was replaced by Richards. Penning ended her night with four innings pitched, throwing 59 pitches, and 39 strikes.
She forced four ground outs, and five fly outs. She threw 15 first pitch strikes against 21 batters faced. Richards pitched the remainder of the game and threw 46 pitches, recording 31 strikes. She also threw nine first pitch strikes, against 13 batters faced.
Dickson kept the offensive attack, as they added another run in the fifth, making it 6-4 Lady Cougars.
In the seventh inning the Lady Spartan’s brought the energy to the plate. With bases loaded, Summit was able to score another run to make the final 6-5, but was unable to tie the game.
The Lady Spartans will now go to Springfield to play on Friday in the sectional round for a chance at state.
Summit Head Coach Jennifer Stevenson gave her thoughts on the game.
“The played better than us today, she said. “It was super close, and I’m proud of my girls for fighting at the end. We continued to fight every time they scored to get one back, and we kept scraping at it. We made a lot of mistakes today. I can’t remember the last time we had an error and today we had three on defense and two on offense. They played a better game than we did today.”