By: Jake Hood
Wilson Central fell to the Lady Cougars of Dickson County in the AAA Sub-State by a score of 5-2.
The Region 5AAA runner-up Lady Cats were coming off of a tough 3-2 walkoff loss to Springfield, looking to punch their ticket to the Spring Fling in Murfreesboro. Dickson County claimed their Region 6AAA title over Summit just 2 days before. This proved to be an all-out brawl between 2 of the 16 remaining teams in Tennessee, with the senior Cougars graduating just hours from the first pitch.
The game started out rather slowly, with neither team finding the scoreboard in the first 3 innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Dickson County found a run on a fielder’s choice from Maggie Terrell, knocking in Becca Lee. The Lady Cats lay dormant through the top of the fifth as well, and the offensive onslaught of the Lady Cougars peaked in the bottom of the inning. On a deep fly that flew over Alaina Morris, Josie Russell smashed a 3-RBI double to give Dickson County a 4-0 lead. Then, the Lady Cats found a run on a sac fly from Kaylee Richetto, knocking her younger sister Sydnee in. However, the Lady Cougars were not finished scoring. They found another run in the bottom of the sixth on a Lacy Murphy single that drove in courtesy runner Jacey Register. The Lady Cats found a run in the bottom of the seventh on an Alaina Morris singke that knocked in Riley Younggren, but this run proven to be the last that Wilson Central would put up, ending in a 5-2 loss.
The Lady Cats only managed 3 hits, coming from Morris and each of the Richettos. Morris and Kaylee Richetto had the only 2 RBIs for Wilson Central. Grayce Guethlein walked twice, and that was the end of the Lady Cat offense.
Kaylee Richetto pitched a complete game for the Lady Cats, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits, 2 earned. She struck out one and walked 3, but this was not enough to stop the Lady Cougars.
The Lady Cats end their season as District 9AAA runner-up, Region 5AAA runner-up, and a AAA sub-state appearance. They finish with a 25-16-2 record, and they will lose seniors Kaylee Richetto, Kenzey Meador, Alaina Morris, Shelby Moore, and Grayce Guethlein. Congratulations to the Lady Cats on a fantastic season.