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Munford leftfielder Jennifer Pugh hauls in a fly ball as Christina Cantrell backs her up during the Class AAA state tournament last week in Murfreesboro. Photo by Jeff Ireland

MURFREESBORO,Tenn. - Munford stayed right with Dickson County for six innings last Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Class AAA state softball tournament in Murfreesboro.

The scored was tied 1-1 through through six innings, but Dickson County, which finished second in last year's tournament and would eventually win this year's tournament, finally broke the game open in the top of the seventh.

Dickson County's Payton Grove singled with the bases loaded in the frame to give her team a lead it would not lose in a 5-1 win.

Munford's softball season came to an end a day later. The Lady Cougars (30-14) lost to Knoxville Gibbs, the eventual runner-up, 8-5.

“We played the first and second place teams and we hung with both of them,” said Munford head coach Glenn Goulder. “I was very satisfied. You always play good teams when you get there.”

Sophomore Sam Scott, Munford's starting pitcher, scattered six hits over the first six innings and limited Dickson County (42-7) to just one run,
 but Munford's offense struggled the whole game against sophomore Brooklin Lee.

Lee, utilizing a devastating change-up, allowed just two hits and struck out eight to earn the win.

“I wish we could have had a little more more offense, but Sam pitched a great game," said Goulder. "They
 didn't win 41 games for nothing, but you've got to have more than two hits.”

Munford, appearing in its fourth straight state tournament, didn't get a runner on base until the fourth inning, when the Lady Cougars
loaded the bases with one out.

Tori Ray walked, Jodie Duncan bunted for a single and Peyton Joyner was hit by a pitch.

Duncan scored on a Dickson County throwing error to give Munford a 1-0 lead. But Dickson County tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a passed ball.

“I think we started off well,” said Duncan, one of Munford's five seniors. "But nerves can kind of get to you because you never really know about the team you're playing.”

Munford committed five errors. Dickson County did not commit any.

Scott worked out of several jams.

In the top of the first, a walk and an error put runners on second and third for Dickson County with no outs, but Scott retired the next
three batters to escape with no damage.

Dickson County put runners on base in the second, third and fourth innings as well, but did not score.

Munford's second hit of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Courtney Bonaiuto singled with two outs.

Gibbs (48-5) jumped out to a 5-0 lead through two and a half innings.

Munford's offense got going, but the Lady Cougars were never able to get closer than three runs.

Ray paced Munford's offense. She finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Maddison Welch doubled twice and Duncan was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Peyton Joyner added two hits and drove in a run.

Scott went all seven innings for Munford and took the loss. She struck out two and allowed 13 hits and five earned runs.

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